By NW Spotlight,
Is this not the most provocative free speech test case in the nation? The infamous protest group of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church staged a protest at a funeral for a dead American soldier with signs reading “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”, “You’re Going to Hell” and “God Hates the USA.” and so forth. It is important to note that the protesters did follow the law which required them to be 1000 feet away from the site. At stake is the penalty in which ithe lower courts have ordered the protesters to pay a $5 million penalty for intentional infliction of emotional distress and other claims. Forty-eight states and veterans groups have sided with the family, while the Associated Press, worried about Free Speech issues, has sided with the protesters. The video below gives statements from both sides.
How would you rule if you were the Supreme Court?