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Supreme Court to Hear Westboro Appeal

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Posted on March 10 2010 2:00 pm
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by Ed Morrissey

The First Amendment doesn’t exist for easy cases — and the Supreme Court will hear one of its toughest in its next session. Does freedom of speech extend to the despicable practice of protesting at military funerals? And even if it does, does the First Amendment hold speakers without any liability whatsoever for their actions? The court will hear an appeal from the Westboro Church, based in Topeka, of a $5 million judgment against the congregation for emotional distress due to the invasion of privacy committed by followers of the group founded by Fred Phelps:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case involving Fred Phelps and his Topeka congregation, whose protests at military funerals have angered families across the country.

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