facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Father told to pay protesters' court costs

March 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM   |   Comments

YORK, Pa., April 2 (UPI) -- An appeals court ruled a Pennsylvania man must pay court costs in his lawsuit against church protesters who picketed the funeral of his son who died in Iraq.

Attorneys for Al Snyder said the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered him to pay more than $16,000 in court costs for the Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kan., church that maintains combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are divine retribution for America's tolerance of homosexuality, WGAL-TV, Lancaster, Pa., reported Tuesday.

The funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, 20, who died in March 2006 in Iraq, was one of many funerals picketed by the followers of church founder Fred Phelps. Church members have promoted an anti-homosexual agenda with provocative demonstrations outside funerals of service personnel killed in combat, chanting and carrying signs with messages such as "Thank God For Dead Soldiers."

The elder Snyder sued the protesters and was awarded $5 million in damages for invasion of privacy and emotional distress, the York (Pa.) Daily Record said. But the appeals court in September overturned the decision on First Amendment free-speech arguments.

Earlier in March, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them
2
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
3
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
4
Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt
5
Light 4.0 earthquake shakes Seattle area Light 4.0 earthquake shakes Seattle area
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback