Monday, October 4, 2010

Supreme Court to Hear Case Against the Phelps Clan

In 2006 Fred Phelps and his band of wackos engaged in one of their protests at the funeral of a military serviceman. Albert Snyder, the father of the deceased marine, sued the Phelpses and was awarded millions in damages for the intentional inflection of emotional distress. The Snyder's victory was short-lived when the ruling was overturned on First Amendment grounds.

The Supreme Court starts its new session today with newly appointed Justice Elena Kagan. According to, the court has scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case of Snyder vs. Phelps for Wednesday. The court is expected to ultimately decide whether hate speech is protected under the U.S. Constitution.

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