Archive for Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Marine’s dad must pay Phelps

Court awards $16,510 in legal fees to funeral protesters

March 30, 2010


— The father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from Kansas was ordered to pay the protesters’ appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday.

On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in 2006.

The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.

Attorneys also said Snyder is struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision adds “insult to injury,” said Sean Summers, one of Snyder’s lawyers.

The high court agreed to consider whether the protesters’ message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners.


mom_of_three 7 years, 11 months ago

Man, that sucks. Who made that stupid decision?

mom_of_three 7 years, 11 months ago

Wait, legal fees? Didn't they represent themselves?

BrianR 7 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely, the Phelps clan should be 'paid.'

chocolateplease 7 years, 11 months ago

Did Phelps win his appeal, and that's why the soldiers' family is being ordered to pay their appeal costs? And what was the appeal for? The article should at least explain that much.

How sad.

madameX 7 years, 11 months ago

Well, according to the third paragraph of the article, the court didn't explain it in the decision, so how can the AP explain it? I agree that this is ridiculous....

Out of curiosity, is there any sort of Snyder family fund set up so interested parties could help them come up with the $$$ for the Supreme Court filing fees?

LoveThsLife 7 years, 11 months ago

That is ridiculous..he shouldn't have to pay those jokers anything.

Crispian Paul 7 years, 11 months ago

That whole damn family is full of lawyers....WTF?!?!

BigAl 7 years, 11 months ago

C'mon Tom. This isn't a left wing or a right wing thing. The Phelps clan are equal opportunity jerkoffs.

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