FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST
BALTIMORE (AP) — The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters was ordered to pay the protesters' appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday.
On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006.
The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.
Attorneys also said Snyder is struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The decision adds "insult to injury," said Sean Summers, one of Snyder's lawyers.
The high court agreed to consider whether the protesters' message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners.
WANT TO HELP THE FALLEN SOLDIER'S FAMILY?
AND!!!! I FOUND THIS ON THEIR RIDICULOUS WEBSITE!
THEY ARE GOING TO PICKET THE BON JOVI CONCERT IN TAMPA FLORIDA ON APRIL 17TH!!!
HERE'S PART OF THEIR MESSAGE: "St. Pete Times Forum 401 Channelside Dr WBC to picket Bon Jovi in Concert. These old fools have had access to millions all over the world for nearly 3 decades, but they have not one time told any of them what God requires of them. Why is that?"