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4th Circuit rules for funeral picketers

The $5 million verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church, the fundamentalist sect from Kansas that has attracted national media attention for picketing at military funerals, has been reversed. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond overturned a Baltimore jury's award to Albert Snyder for the emotional distress he suffered when members of the Phelps family picketed his Marine son's funeral in 2006. "We are constrained to agree that these signs are entitled to First Amendment protection," Judge Robert B. King wrote for the federal appeals court.

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Western District to visit Linneus, St. Joseph

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District hits the road next month. The court, which regularly convenes in Kansas City, is set to hear appeals at the Linn County Courthouse in Linneus on Oct. 5 and at Missouri Western State ...

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Suit says law Nixon vetoed would have saved city’s budget

The city of St. Joseph filed a lawsuit in Cole County Court last week to prevent the enforcement of a law the municipality says will drain roughly $300,000 out of general revenues. At issue is a provision in a wide-ranging ...

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Westboro is 3-0 against cities’ funeral protest laws

A federal court has approved a preliminary injunction against the city of Gladstone, preventing enforcement of an ordinance against protesting at funerals. The injunction, signed today by U.S. District Chief Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. in Kansas City, is the second ...

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St. Joseph’s funeral protest ordinance enjoined

The city of St. Joseph has agreed not to enforce an ordinance prohibiting protests at funerals, pending the outcome of a related lawsuit against a similar state statute. The city’s ordinance was passed in response to Westboro Baptist Church’s protest ...

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Westboro Church sues over St. Joe’s funeral protest law

Shirley Phelps-Roper, the daughter of the founder of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., sued the city of St. Joseph last week over a city ordinance barring protests around funerals and funeral processions. Phelps-Roper and members of her church believe ...

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