Unlikely ally

Posted on 01 Apr 2010 at 2:11pm
Bill O'Reilly
Bill O’Reilly

Donations are pouring in to pay the legal fees for Albert Snyder, including from Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly. He said he will pay the entire $16,510 court cost.

Snyder sued Fred Phelps for picketing his son’s funeral. His son, marine lance corporal Matthew Snyder, was killed in Iraq.

After Snyder won in a lower court and was awarded $3 million in damages, Phelps appealed. The appeals court threw out the verdict and Synder was ordered to pay Phelps’ court costs.

Now Snyder is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court has agreed to hear the case and arguments that weigh the right of free speech against inflicting intentional harm upon persons who are grieving the death of their children.

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