March 23, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
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 ...[read more]
August 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, which provides a number of benefits to veterans and limits the ability to protest at a military funeral. In addition to authorizing the veterans benefits the new law ...[read more]
April 3, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 3, 2008, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the Kansas Funeral Privacy Act into law. The legislation banned protests within 150 feet of a funeral in the one hour before, during, and two hours after the end of the service. The law was passed in response to the picketing of military ...[read more]
March 2, 2012
by Cody Harding
On March 2, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that protesters at military funerals are protected by the First Amendment. The case originated when members of the Westboro Baptist Church were sued by Albert Snyder for picketing the military funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. ...[read more]
October 31, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 31, 2007, a federal jury awarded Albert Snyder nearly US$11 million in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress resulting from a protest held by the Westboro Baptist Church's at the funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Synder. The Westboro Baptist Church, led by ...[read more]
August 16, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 16, 2010, the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals were unconstitutional. Judge Fernando Gaitan held that two 2006 laws banning protests at funerals violated the First Amendment of the US Constitution, ...[read more]
March 2, 2011
by Hillary Stemple
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that First Amendment protections extend to protesters at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been traveling around the country picketing military funerals in recent years, claiming US ...[read more]
October 6, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the highly controversial case of Snyder v. Phelps on protests at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been traveling around the country picketing military funerals in recent years, claiming US ...[read more]
June 2, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the right to limit protests around military funerals in the case of Snyder v. Phelps. The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case to determine if the First Amendment right to freedom of ...[read more]
March 8, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Snyder v. Phelps, the court will take up the controversial issue of picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in combat. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been traveling around the country ...[read more]

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