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Maryland Political Icon William Donald Schaefer Dies at 89
By Andy Marso
Capital News Service
WASHINGTON —Marylandlawmakers introduced three state andfederal bills in the past ve weeks tostrengthen restrictions on picketingfunerals.The measures are meant toprotect families from the distress thatled Albert Snyder to le a lawsuitagainst the anti-gay WestboroBaptist Church after it picketed hisson’s March 2006 military funeral inWestminster.The bill passed by the MarylandGeneral Assembly and thoseintroduced by U.S. Rep. DutchRuppersberger, D-Baltimore, andSen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., wouldincrease the “quiet time” beforeand after funerals and increase thedistance between picketers andfuneral events.Westboro attorney MargiePhelps, who defended the churchagainst Snyder’s lawsuit in theSupreme Court, said she’s lookingforward to challenging the laws. “Itmakes us absolutely thrilled that allthese legislative bodies are goingright off the chain with overreachinglaws,” Phelps said. “Because itbrings, again, the attention of thewhole world to our message.”Westboro is a small church inTopeka, Kan., that pickets militaryfunerals because its members saysoldiers’ deaths are God’s vengeancefor the United States’ tolerance of homosexuality.Snyder’s lawsuit against themwas denied 8-1, with Justice SamuelAlito dissenting. The majority ruledthat Westboro’s speech is protectedunder the First Amendment becauseit is of public concern and thepicketers, who were about 1,000 feetaway, did not disrupt the funeral.Chief Justice John Roberts’opinion made it clear the justiceswere only ruling on the merits of thesuit, not on the constitutionality of laws that restrict funeral picketing.“To the extent these laws are contentneutral, they raise very differentquestions from the tort verdict atissue in this case,” Roberts wrote.“Maryland’s law, however, wasnot in effect at the time of theevents at issue here, so we have nooccasion to consider how it mightapply to facts such as those beforeus, or whether it or other similarregulations are constitutional.”Robert Percival, who teachesconstitutional law at the Universityof Maryland, said Phelps wouldhave an uphill battle. “The(Supreme) Court’s been fairly clear... that reasonable time, place andmanner restrictions on speech areconstitutional,” Percival said. “It’s just that you cannot hold someoneliable for the speech itself.”The Maryland law Robertsreferred to required picketers tostay at least 100 feet away from afuneral or funeral procession. TheMaryland legislature unanimouslypassed a bill on April 11 to increasethe distance to 500 feet. ShaunAdamec, spokesman for Gov. MartinO’Malley, said O’Malley will sign itinto law.Percival said it will probably stillstand up in court. “They couldn’tmake the buffer so large that itwould be impossible for anyoneto even notice that there was anytype of speech going on,” Percivalsaid. “But it seems to me that a 500-foot restriction would not have anyproblem constitutionally at all.”The Maryland bill applies to allfunerals. Ruppersberger and Cardinhave introduced federal bills specicto military funerals. Cardin’s billwould increase the quiet time beforeand after a military funeral from 60minutes to 120 minutes, and increase“buffer zones” around the funeralfrom 150 feet to 300 feet and aroundthe funeral procession from 300 feetto 500 feet.Cardin said the bill had been“carefully drafted” to comply withthe Supreme Court. “The issue hereis the families that are entitled tohave the dignity and the privacy of a funeral,” Cardin said. “... It hasnothing to do with the individualgroup, or the publicity they’reseeking or what publicity they’ll getfrom these bills being led.”Ruppersberger’s bill wouldincrease military funeral quiettime to ve hours and push thebuffer zone to 2,500 feet. “Wow,”Percival said when told of the bill’sparameters. “I think that might havemore problems. ... The court has todraw a line someplace. Whether thatwould go too far would be up to thecourts to sort out.”Phelps, who is alreadychallenging anti-picketing laws inMissouri and Nebraska, said she willdenitely challenge Ruppersberger’sbill if it becomes law. “My reactionis, ‘Bring it on,’” Ruppersbergersaid. “I have researched the bill,I’m an attorney and like mostAmericans I’m very deeply offendedby the protests being staged at thesemilitary funerals, including the onefor a Maryland Marine that led to therecent court case.”Win or lose, Westboro’s prolerises and its media coverageincreases. Members of the churchwere outside Fort Meade nearSevern on Thursday, picketingMeade High School. “After awhileyou almost start prioritizing whereyou go just by the level of publicitythat’s already occurred,” MargiePhelps said. “And the more theypass these laws, the more thatphenomenon gets bigger.”
Westboro Relishes Legal Fight as Md. LawmakersPush Picketing Restrictions
pouring in from across thestate.“William Donald Schaeferlifted us up as a City andrestored our pride from theneighborhoods up. I waspresident of the GreaterHomewood CommunityCorporation in 1972, whenhe launched the Mayor’sStation program in ourcommunity, bringing us andother neighborhoods a directlink with City Hall withoutleaving home,” said BaltimoreCity Councilwoman MaryPat Clarke, in a statement.“With Mayor Schaefer, wewere all family, and, for allthe occasional disagreements,family always came rst. Ashe wished, we will rememberbest that, ‘He cared.’”To Baltimore he broughtthe Inner Harbor projectand ofciated the openingof the aquarium and otherprojects to create a betterBaltimore. He was also at thetable when the Colts pulledout for Indianapolis. But, henevertheless had more thanhis share of critics for how hisadvancements for Baltimoredidn’t seem to reach into allneighborhoods.Such criticism, however,didn’t slow his politicalcareer in the state, as hewas elected to two terms asgovernor beginning in 1987.His tenure at the head of thestate of Maryland included aredistricting, the consolidationof Maryland’s state collegesunder a single administration,the Reach the Beach andbeach replenishment and thebeginning of the light railproject.“He was a great mayor anda wonderful governor. Herein Baltimore, he gave use anew sense of self-condence.... His relentless approachto a ‘do it now philosophy,’shook up, not only the citybureaucracy, but it spreadlike a culture throughout ourcommunity. We all wantedto do it now, and all do itright. ... He had the heart of areformer,” said Sen. BarbaraMikulski.”He wanted tobuild Baltimore, he wantedto build the economy. ... ForSchaefer, it was always aboutthe people. ... He was a truepatriot and we wish himGodspeed.”After a four-year break hereturned to state wide politicsas the comptroller, serving inthat capacity for eight yearsbefore exciting the politicalarea for good.“This is a sad day for thepeople of Maryland – and forme, personally,” said Rep.Elijah Cummings, D-Md. ina statement. “Gov. Schaeferdevoted more than vedecades to public service. Hisloss evokes more than ourgratitude; it is as if each of us has lost a member of ourfamily.“As a leader, DonaldSchaefer’s greatest strengthwas that he was a Baltimoreanto the core of his being. Heexemplied the determinationand the pride in hard workwell done that is at theheart of our character as acommunity.“Even on those occasionswhen we disagreed on policy,I never doubted that he hadthe public’s well-being atthe forefront of his mind.With Donald Schaefer’spassing, an era has ended inour community. He will bemissed.”Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.,said in a statement, “DonSchaefer was an indomitableforce who dedicated his lifeto the people of Maryland. …There was no problem thatwas too small for his attentionand his forceful ‘do-it-now-style’ focused attention onnding solutions and gettingresults. Personally, it was aprivilege to have known himand he leaves a legacy of strong, visionary leadershipthat transformed a city and astate.”Schaefer, despite beinga good politician and publicservant, was best knownfor his brazen nature andoutrageous comments.Gov. Martin O’Malley, onApril 19 ordered state agsown at half-staff and saidSchaefer will lie in state at theMaryland State House and atBaltimore’s City Hall.“Governor Schaefer’slife was spent in service tothe communities he loved,and his unrelenting drive to‘do it now’ was a constantpursuit of a better Marylandfor the people he served,”said Governor O’Malley.“And so it is tting that as wemourn the loss of Maryland’sindomitable statesman, thepeople of Maryland cancelebrate his legacy properly.”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Schaefer will lie in state at the MarylandState House, Annapolis, Md.
2 – 5 p.m.
A procession will drive through allSchaefer’s favorite areas of Baltimore City.
5 – 9 p.m.
Schaefer will lie in state at Baltimore CityHall, Baltimore, Md.
9 a.m. – 9 p.m
.Schaefer will lie in state at Baltimore CityHall, Baltimore, Md.
Memorial Service, Old St. Paul’s Church,BaltimoreBurial, Dulaney Valley Memorial GardensIn a tribute to Schaefer, Maryland PublicTelevision will show at 8 p.m. April 27 aone-hour special,
, lookingat his 51 years of public service. Followingthe special, MPT will air a live paneldiscussion on the former mayor, comptrollerand governor.
“My reaction is, ‘Bring it on.’”
U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger