|Unlikely hero, Billy Spade.|
It took the jury just one hour to decide that Billy Spade was not guilty of battery when he spat tobacco juice on a sign being held by Westboro Baptist Church's Shirley Phelps-Roper. Arresting officer Sgt. Nick Null, who was assigned to the protest, said he saw Spade spit on Phelps-Roper's chest.
Spade told the jury he was offended by signs that said "Thank God For Dead Coal Miners", but it was a sign that said "Thank God For Dead Marines" that was the last straw for him. A roadside bomb killed Spade's close friend, a Marine serving in Afghanistan.
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