Don't fight hate speech by limiting freedom
jfnbl at earthlink.com
Thu Jun 8 19:05:18 PDT 2006
At 9:26 AM -0700 6/8/06, Bryan Wildenthal wrote:
>And yet, surely there must be a way to protect the privacy of
>funeral observants who simply wish to be left alone in their grief
>and do NOT want the funeral to become a protest occasion of any
>sort, either in favor of or against the deceased.
Anti-gay funeral protesters sued
Father of slain Westminster Marine says members defamed him, invaded
By Gina Davis
Originally published June 6, 2006
The father of a Westminster Marine whose funeral was picketed by an
anti-gay group is accusing its members of defaming him, invading the
family's privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress, in
the first individual lawsuit brought against the Kansas organization
for its protests at these ceremonies.
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The strong claim is intentional infliction of emotional distress. The
constitutional question is whether it gets a First Amendment defense
like NYT v. Sullivan.
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