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Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2014
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law considers the life and times of the late First Amendment advocate-antagonist Fred Phelps ...JURIST has previously examined the strident First Amendment struggles of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), founded in Topeka, KS in 1955, that became notorious for picketing … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Missouri law that bans protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a second broader law that would have increased the distance at which protesters to could congregate. The challenge to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a municipality's ban on funeral protests. The court ruled that a ban on funeral protests in Manchester, Missouri, was a legitimate restriction on the First Amendment, calling it a "legitimate time, place, and … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday signed [press release] the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 [HR 1627 materials], which provides a number of benefits to veterans and limits the ability to protest at a military funeral. In addition to authorizing … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Jul 2011

Ryan Suto, Syracuse University College of Law Class of 2013, is the President of the Syracuse chapter of the American Constitution Society and recently moderated a panel discussion on the issue of WikiLeaks and the Constitution. He writes on how the US Supreme Court must begin to engage in public … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2011
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Snyder v. Phelps [Cornell LII backgrounder] that First Amendment [text] protections extend to protesters at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Monday to three federal charges in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website]. Loughner is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner [JURIST news archive; case materials] was indicted [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Tuscon, Arizona. He is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of attempting to murder a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A California federal judge was appointed Thursday to hear the trial of Arizona shooting [NYT backgrounder] suspect Jared Loughner. Judge Alex Kozinski [official biography] of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] appointed Judge Larry Burns [Judgepedia profile] of the US District Court for … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed [press release, PDF] emergency legislation [SB1101 materials; text] Tuesday making it a crime to picket or protest a funeral. The move comes after Reverend Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find material at this church website offensive; JURIST news archive] announced plans … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in the highly controversial case of Snyder v. Phelps [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on protests at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday invalidated [opinion, PDF] a municipal ban on tattoo parlors by Hermosa Beach, California, calling it a violation of the First Amendment. The controversy initially arose when Johnny Anderson was denied a permit to open a tattoo … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion] that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals are unconstitutional. Judge Fernando Gaitan held that two 2006 laws banning protests at funerals violated the US Constitution's First Amendment [text] right to … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday filed an amicus curiae brief [text] supporting the right to limit protests around military funerals in the case of Snyder v. Phelps [docket]. The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [cert. petition, PDF; JURIST report] in … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In Snyder v. Phelps [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will take up the controversial issue of picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in combat. Reverend Fred Phelps and members … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Followers of the Kansas-based fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church [JURIST news archive; BBC report] plan to stage a protest at the funeral [press release] for late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) [profile] Saturday, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld an Ohio law limiting funeral protests. The … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 May 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Wells of the University of Missouri School of Law says that to restrict peaceful protests aimed at disseminating a message simply because we find that message offensive is inconsistent with common sense notions of privacy and the spirit of the First Amendment.... Since 2006 the Reverend … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius [official website] Thursday signed legislation [press release] that bans protests within 150 feet of a funeral one hour before, during and two hours after the end of a service. The Kansas funeral privacy act [PDF text; supplemental note, PDF] also prohibits impeding a procession by … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court ruled [text] Tuesday that the state's anti-funeral picketing law [PDF text; supplemental note, PDF] is unconstitutional, finding that it violates the separation of powers doctrine implied by the Kansas constitution [text]. The court ruled that the law's judicial trigger provision [JURIST report], which said the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday upheld a jury verdict [opinion, PDF] finding Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church [WARNING: readers may find some material offensive; BBC report] guilty of intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy for staging a protest at the funeral of Lance Cpl. … [read more]

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