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Torts Keyed to Underwood
Snyder v. Phelps
Citation:562 U.S. 443 (2011)
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In 2011, the plaintiff attended the funeral for his son, a marine that died in the line of duty in Iraq. The defendants picketed near the plaintiff’s son’s funeral service. The defendants held multiple picket signs that reflected the church’s view that the United States is overly tolerant of sin and that God kills American soldiers as punishment. None of the picketers entered the church property or cemetery where the funeral services were conducted. The funeral procession was conducted about 200 to 300 feet from the picket site.
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