Friday, October 8, 2010

Snyder v. Phelps

For Constitutional Law buffs, on Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Snyder v. Phelps. This is the case where the father of a deceased solider sued members of the Westboro Baptist Church for the emotional harm they caused by protesting at his son's funeral.  It is hard to think of a case in recent history that more directly tests the limits of free speech and the extent to which emotion can drive judicial decision-making.  For those interested, SCOTUSblog has a recap of the argument as well as transcripts of the arguments.     

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