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42 US Senators file amicus brief in Snyder v. Phelps

42 US Senators file amicus brief in Snyder v. Phelps

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Albert Snyder, father of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the Rev. Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church invaded his privacy with their protest at his son's funeral. A federal appeals court had ruled that Westboro's speech was protected under the First Amendment.
Albert Snyder, father of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the Rev. Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church invaded his privacy with their protest at his son's funeral. A federal appeals court had ruled that Westboro's speech was protected under the First Amendment.

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No. 09-751
I
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T
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Supreme Court of the United States
 ____________________  A 
LBERT
S
NYDER
,
 
 Petitioner,
v.F
RED
W.
 
P
HELPS
,
 
S
R
.
ET AL
.,
Respondents.
 ________________________ 
On Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appealsfor the Fourth Circuit
 ________________________ 
BRIEF OF SENATORS HARRY REID,MITCH MCCONNELL, AND 40 OTHER MEMBERSOF THE U.S. SENATE AS
 AMICI CURIAE 
 IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
 ________________________ 
 
W
 ALTER
D
ELLINGER
 
Counsel of Record
 J
ONATHAN
D.
 
H
 ACKER
 J
USTIN
F
LORENCE
 B
 ABAK 
S
IAVOSHY 
 L
 AUREN
N.
 
S
TRAUSS
 O’M
ELVENY 
&
 
M
 YERS
LLP1625 Eye Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20006(202) 383-5300wdellinger@omm.com
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
BRIEF OF SENATORS HARRY REID,MITCH MCCONNELL, AND 40 OTHERMEMBERS OF THE U.S. SENATE AS
 AMICI CURIAE 
IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER..............1INTERESTS OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
............................1STATEMENT............................................................3SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT...................................4 ARGUMENT.............................................................6 A. Solemn And Dignified FuneralsPlay A Significant Role In American Life And Law.......................6B. The Federal Government AndMost States Have Enacted Stat-utes To Protect Mourners FromDisruptive Protests At PrivateFunerals.............................................10C. The Court Of Appeals Erred InTreating Emotional Distress AndIntrusion On Seclusion Torts, As Applied To A Private Funeral, AsEquivalent To DefamationClaims Against Public Figures.........17CONCLUSION........................................................25
 
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 TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPage(s)Cases
 
 Blackwell v. Dykes Funeral Homes, Inc.
,771 N.E.2d 692 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)......................9
 Brown v. Matthews Mortuary
,801 P.2d 37 (Idaho 1990)........................................9
Frisby v. Shultz
,
 
487 U.S. 474 (1988)........................................14, 15
Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.
,418 U.S. 323 (1974)..................................18, 19, 20
Grayned v. City of Rockford
,
 
408 U.S. 104 (1972)..............................................13
Greer v. Spock
,424 U.S. 828 (1976)..............................................13
Griffin v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs
,288 F.3d 1309 (Fed. Cir. 2002).............................13
Hill v. Colorado
,530 U.S.
 
703 (2000)..................................14, 15, 16
Hoard v. Shawnee Mission Med. Ctr.
,662 P.2d 1214 (Kan. 1983).....................................8
Holland v. Metalious
,198 A.2d 654 (N.H. 1964).......................................8
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell
,485 U.S. 46 (1988)..........................................18, 19
 King v. Elrod
,268 S.W.2d 103 (Tenn. 1953).................................8

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