Snyder v. Phelps: A Slice of the Facts and Half an Opinion
Cardozo Law Review De Novo, p. 64, 2011
3 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 12, 2011
In Snyder v. Phelps, the Supreme Court reviewed only the picketing aspect of the case, and found that the First Amendment precluded tort liability. The Court declined to consider whether tort liability for the online "epic" that targeted the Snyders personally was constitutional. Snyder v. Phelps is a very narrow opinion and adds little to the debate about whether tort liability for invasion of privacy or intentional infliction of emotional distress arising from speech is constitutional.
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