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Snyder V. Phelps: Searching for a Legal Standard

Cardozo Law Review De Novo, p. 353, 2010

U of Houston Law Center No. 2010-A-46

16 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2010  

Leslie C. Griffin

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: December 16, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Griffin, Leslie C., Snyder V. Phelps: Searching for a Legal Standard (December 16, 2010). Cardozo Law Review De Novo, p. 353, 2010; U of Houston Law Center No. 2010-A-46. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1726607

Leslie C. Griffin (Contact Author)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

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