March 23, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law considers the life and times of the late First Amendment advocate-antagonist Fred Phelps ...JURIST has previously examined the strident First Amendment struggles of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), founded in Topeka, KS in 1955, that ...[read more]
April 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld a Missouri law that bans protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a second broader law that would have increased the distance at which protesters to could congregate. The challenge to the laws came from members of the ...[read more]
October 17, 2012
by Keith Herting
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a municipality's ban on funeral protests. The court ruled that a ban on funeral protests in Manchester, Missouri, was a legitimate restriction on the First Amendment, calling it a "legitimate time, place, and manner regulation" and ...[read more]
April 3, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 3, 2008, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the Kansas Funeral Privacy Act into law. The legislation banned protests within 150 feet of a funeral in the one hour before, during, and two hours after the end of the service. The law was passed in response to the picketing of military ...[read more]
March 2, 2012
by Cody Harding
On March 2, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that protesters at military funerals are protected by the First Amendment. The case originated when members of the Westboro Baptist Church were sued by Albert Snyder for picketing the military funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. ...[read more]
October 31, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 31, 2007, a federal jury awarded Albert Snyder nearly US$11 million in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress resulting from a protest held by the Westboro Baptist Church's at the funeral of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Synder. The Westboro Baptist Church, led by ...[read more]
August 16, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 16, 2010, the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals were unconstitutional. Judge Fernando Gaitan held that two 2006 laws banning protests at funerals violated the First Amendment of the US Constitution, ...[read more]
March 2, 2011
by Hillary Stemple
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that First Amendment protections extend to protesters at military funerals. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been traveling around the country picketing military funerals in recent years, claiming US ...[read more]
January 12, 2011
by Matt Glenn
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed emergency legislation Tuesday making it a crime to picket or protest a funeral. The move comes after Reverend Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket the funeral of Christina Green, a 9-year-old girl killed Saturday in the shooting that ...[read more]
March 8, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Snyder v. Phelps, the court will take up the controversial issue of picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in combat. Reverend Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been traveling around the country ...[read more]

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