October 31, 2007
Westboro Nuts Out 12 Million. Updated
Via Baltimore Sun: The brokenhearted father of a Marine killed in Iraq won a long-shot legal fight today after a federal jury in Baltimore awarded him nearly $11 million in a verdict against members of a Kansas church who hoisted anti-gay placards at his son's Westminster funeral.
The jury's announcement 24 hours after deliberations first began was met with tears and hugs from the family and supporters of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, whose March 2006 funeral was protested by members of the Westboro Baptist Church with signs including "Thank God for dead soldiers."
Snyder's father, Albert, won on every count of his complaint, as well as $2.9 million for compensatory damages and $8 million for punitive damages.
Update II: Of course Phelps has threatened and appeal. Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder's father Al has a website here. They are accepting donations to help with legal expenses from the expected appeal.
Video update by Bluto below the fold:
Video of Phelps being interviewed (voice only - dammit, I wanted to see the veins popping out in his punkin head). For a minute it almost seems like Westboro Hate Cult Founder and Chief Steaming Assnugget is going to stroke out, but no such luck. Apparently, God wants to humiliate him a little more before sending him home to Lucifer.
Thanks to Jay at Stop the ACLU.