From the Supreme Court: Snyder v. Phelps
October 6th, 2010 by MOTHAX
Love may be all you need, but it was in short supply this morning on the Supreme Court steps. There will be a complete post on my trip to DC for the Supreme Court hearing that I will put up tomorrow, but for the most part it was 1/2 freak fest (see below) and 1/2 legal mumbo-jumbo that seemed to dance on the periphery of the case, only occasionally touching on the facts. It was pretty unclear how they will vote, but more on that tomorrow. Let me start with this email I sent to my friends that will explain my initial response on approaching the pinnacle of jurisprudence in our country:
There is a dude wearing only underwear with a sign that say "fred phelps wishes he was hot like me" standing next to a dude with a sign that says "fag marriage" over an upside down US flag with 2 stick figures performing sodomy. Don't see that much in Indy.For now, content yourselves with this recitation of it from AP and then enjoy some pics we took there this morning.
WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral. The complexity and weightiness of the First Amendment issue were palpable in the courtroom as justices heard arguments in the case of Albert Snyder. His son died in Iraq in 2006, and members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested the funeral to make their point that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for Americans' immorality, including tolerance of homosexuality and abortion. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the question is whether the First Amendment must tolerate "exploiting this bereaved family." There was no clear answer from the court.
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