Snyder V. Phelps: Searching for a Legal Standard
Cardozo Law Review De Novo, p. 353, 2010
16 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 16, 2010
This essay previews the case of Albert Snyder against Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed the military funeral of Albert’s son Matthew. A jury’s award of emotional distress damages was overturned on appeal on First Amendment grounds. The essay situates the case within current defamation and privacy law and suggests that the Court clarify that law by protecting plaintiffs in the private figure/private concern area.
Keywords: free speech, First Amendment, defamation, privacy, religion, picketing
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