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Snyder v. Westboro’s Phelps: ‘Bad guys badly won, the good guys sadly lost, but free speech supremely won’

The initial report about a rare U.S. Supreme Court case involving York County, Pa., stated:

York, PA – The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals… .

The court voted 8-1 today in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to Albert Snyder of Spring Garden Township, father of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who sued church members after they picketed his son’s funeral.

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I guess you can say that the bad guys badly won, the good guy sadly lost, but, most importantly for our nation, free speech supremely won.

Historic cases linked to York County

· Check out these links to learn more about wrenching U.S. Supreme Court case Snyder v. Westboro.

· York, Pa.-based Web site tracking U.S. Supreme Court case, Snyder vs. Westboro

· Prigg v. Pennsylvania early U.S. Supreme Court case with York County ties

· York/Adams First Amendment case list grows.

· For years, York countians part of major court cases

The York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News prepared this timeline to track the Snyder v. Phelps U.S. Supreme Court case. (The timeline is available in Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer 7 or higher.)