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09-751

09-751

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
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ALBERT SNYDER,
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Petitioner
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v.
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No. 09-751
FRED W. PHELPS, SR., ET AL.
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Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The above-entitled matter came on for oral
argument before the Supreme Court of the United States
at 10:02 a.m.
APPEARANCES:
SEAN E. SUMMERS, ESQ., York, Pennsylvania; on behalf of
Petitioner.
MARGIE J. PHELPS, ESQ., Topeka, Kansas; on behalf of
Respondents.
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C O N T E N T S
ORAL ARGUMENT OF
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SEAN E. SUMMERS, ESQ.
On behalf of the Petitioner
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ORAL ARGUMENT OF
MARGIE J. PHELPS, ESQ.
On behalf of the Respondents
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REBUTTAL ARGUMENT OF
SEAN E. SUMMERS, ESQ.
On behalf of the Petitioner
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P R O C E E D I N G S
(10:02 a.m.)
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS:
We will hear
argument first today in Case 09-751, Snyder v. Phelps.
Mr. Summers.
ORAL ARGUMENT OF SEAN E. SUMMERS
ON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONER
MR. SUMMERS:
Mr. Chief Justice, and may it
please the Court:
We are talking about a funeral.
If context
is ever going to matter, it has to matter in the context
of a funeral.
Mr. Snyder simply wanted to bury his son
in a private, dignified manner.
When the Respondent's
behavior made that impossible, Mr. Snyder was entitled
to turn to the tort law of the State of Maryland.
JUSTICE SCALIA:
Are we just talking about a
funeral?
That's one of the problems I have with the
case.
There was also this video that your client
watched, right, later, after the funeral.
MR. SUMMERS:
There was a flyer that was
sent out prior to the funeral.
We have the funeral and
we have what they described as the epic which was put on
the Internet afterwards, which -
JUSTICE SCALIA:
Right.
Well, what does
that have to do with the funeral?
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