Marine's dad ordered to pay protesters' court fees but says he won'tI have no doubt but what Albert Snyder will get plenty of help in paying his legal bills. As well he should.
The Associated Press
Baltimore - The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from Kansas was ordered to pay the protesters' appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday. Fox News reported today that he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters' appeal costs.
The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.
On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006. [link]
But had he done the right thing and left this out of the courts, he'd have done himself a big favor.
The Westboro Baptist Church crowd needs to be denounced in every public venue known to man. That is far more punishment than some judgment of the court might have been.
Too bad it came to this.
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Here's to Freedom of Assembly.