Baltimore The Westboro Baptist Church plans to file notice that it will appeal an $11 million judgment against it.
A federal jury awarded that sum Oct. 31 to the father of a fallen soldier, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. Members of the Topeka church picketed Snyder's funeral, arguing that his death was part of God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. Church member Shirley Phelps-Roper is a lawyer who represented herself in the lawsuit. She tells The Associated Press that the defendants in the suit will file a notice of appeal today. The suit named the church, pastor Fred Phelps and two of his daughters: Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis.