This is sickening! The Judges who made this ruling should all be disbarred and the protestors should be ashamed. This is why the Law should be these idiots who want to protest get a permit and be made to act as responsible human beings and NEVER BE ALLOWED TO PROTEST AT ANY FUNERAL, LET ALONE A SOLDIERS FUNERAL.
Had they pulled this shit at a funeral involving any of my family members I would have gotten arrested (with a few dozen brothers, cousins) because we would have punched these idiots in the face. This is why Courts and the legal system get a bad name.
Dad of a fallen Marine perseveres against protests at military funerals
A father of a Marine killed in Iraq says he won’t pay the legal fees of a protest group who picketed at his son’s funeral in 2006. Albert Snyder, whose son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, was killed in Iraq, learned Friday that a federal appeals court is requiring him to pay more than $16,000 in legal fees to the Westboro Baptist Church, a Christian fundamentalist group that demonstrates during military funerals to gain attention for its antigovernment, antihomosexual message. The group rallied at Matthew Snyder’s funeral in March 2006 in Westminster, Md., chanting antigay slogans and carrying signs such as “Thank God for dead soldiers,” says Albert Snyder’s attorney, Sean Summers.
The group was protesting about 30 feet from the church’s main entrance, and Mr. Snyder had to enter through a separate entrance, Mr. Summers says.
Snyder subsequently sued the Westboro group for emotional distress and won a $5 million judgment. But on appeal, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, finding in favor of protecting the protesters’ free-speech rights. About three weeks ago, the Supreme Court agreed to take the case and is expected to hear it in the fall. (Last year, the high court had declined to take up the issue.) Meanwhile, the circuit court has ordered Snyder, a salesman, to pay the church’s court expenses.
PS: Bill O’Reilly has offered to foot the bill because he agrees that these judges are asses.