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U.S. High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Funeral Protest Case
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A man who was trying to bury his dead son, a member of the U.S. military, in a "private, dignified manner" was entitled to call upon Maryland's tort law when he was prevented from doing so, the attorney... Read More

Court: 1st Amendment Protects Military Funeral Protesters
Posted on 2 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families. The court voted 8-1 in favor... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Struggles With Funeral Protest Case
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral. The complexity and weightiness... Read More

Kansas Woman Drops Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Flag Law
Posted on 23 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

PAPILLION, Neb. - (AP) A member of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church agreed Monday to drop federal lawsuits against Nebraska authorities in exchange for a prosecutor dismissing charges against her stemming from her 2007 protest outside a soldier's... Read More

Alito Is Supreme Court's Lonely Voice On 1st Amendment
Posted on 7 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Alone among his colleagues, Justice Samuel Alito chose privacy over free speech Wednesday in the Supreme Court's consideration of protests at military funerals. The picketers who showed up at the March 2006 funeral for Matthew... Read More

Judge: Missouri Funeral Protest Ban Unconstitutional
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - (AP) A federal judge Monday ruled that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals are unconstitutional. Missouri legislators passed two laws in 2006 in response to protests at servicemembers' funerals by members of Westboro... Read More

Supreme Court To Hear Military Funeral Protest Case
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son's funeral with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers"... Read More