Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes on Funeral Mourning and Protesting: Snyder v. Phelps (PDF)
The Supreme Court's resolution of Snyder limited its holding to the conduct at this particular funeral, without addressing the extent to which restrictions could be imposed on such picketing or whether other speech activities might be subject to tort liability without violating the First Amendment.
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The Supreme Court's resolution of Snyder limited its holding to the conduct at this particular funeral, without addressing the extent to which restrictions could be imposed on such picketing or whether other speech activities might be subject to tort liability without violating the First Amendment. A brief review of the Court's holding illustrates both its limited impact and the consequential issues left to be resolved.
Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes is the Godwin Ronquillo PC Research Professor and Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, State Constitutional Law, and Civil Procedure. He is the co-author of two LexisNexis textbooks on constitutional law, Cases and Materials on Constitutional Law and Skills & Values: The First Amendment, and the author of almost twenty articles and book chapters on a wide variety of constitutional and procedural issues. He is a frequent media commentator, including television and radio appearances on CNN, NPR's Morning Edition, BBC Radio's World Business News, NPR's Day to Day, and Bloomberg Radio, along with interviews in newspapers and magazines across the United States, such as the Washington Post, USA Today, American Lawyer, Dallas Morning News, Washington Times, ABA Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Houston Chronicle. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude while on a National Merit Scholarship at Baylor University before enrolling at Baylor Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review, the President's Award recipient as the outstanding third-year student, and valedictorian of his graduating law school class. Before becoming a professor, he served as a briefing and staff attorney at the Supreme Court of Texas, practiced appellate law at a national law firm, and earned his board certification in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The author is indebted to Mary Patricia Rohmiller, a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a former staff attorney to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and senior advisor and clerk to Chief Judge Effron of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, for her assistance.
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