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Render Unto Caesar

Posted by MEC on October 31, 2007

A federal jury has awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages to the father of a Marine killed in Iraq, after finding the odious Fred Phelps clan liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress for picketing the Marine’s funeral in 2006.

The jury still has to decide the amount of punitive damages.

The compensatory damages exceed the net worth of the Phelps clan.

UPDATE: Jury awards $11 million to father in funeral case

(Thanks to Stormcrow, in the comments, for the update.)

10 Responses to “Render Unto Caesar”

  1. Stormcrow said

    My day absolutely SUCKED – until I read this post.

    Thanks.

    Fred Phelps has many .. uh .. “fans”. I’ll pass the good news along.

  2. tsisageya said

    Proof is good.

    I only wish I had some proof.

    Could use some HELP, here.

  3. Stormcrow said

    The followup.

    Jury Awards Father $11M in Funeral Case

    Bwahahahaha!!

  4. Stormcrow said

    The defense attorney said that the assets of the church and the three defendants are less than a million dollars and that the compensatory award is about three times the defendants’ net worth, mainly in homes, cars and retirement accounts.

    One of Snyder’s attorneys, Sean Summers, said he would tirelessly seek payment of the award.

    “We will chase them forever if it takes that long,” Summers said.

    From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee.

  5. I was rushing to do a post on this, only to find that MEC had beaten me to it.

    This makes my day.

  6. Charles said

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer ghoul.

  7. MEC said

    Stormcrow, thanks for the follow-up.

    I can’t believe the defense attorney had the gall to claim that the soldier’s funeral was a “public” event.

    I can, however, see the Phelps clan appealing the decision all the way up to the Supreme Court, and I know exactly which justices will rule that the verdict violates Phelps’ freedom of religion.

    But for now, I’ll enjoy the satisfaction of a jury seeing Phelps’ antics for what they are.

  8. Stormcrow said

    The fun part is that remark by attorney Sean Summers.

    Phelps will have a most attentive companion for the rest of his life. I don’t think he will enjoy this new-found fame. Unlike the previous sort. This sort will wreck his little band of thugs most thoroughly if he loses an appeal or makes a misstep.

    If I were Phelps, I might consider throwing it in at this stage. Personally, I’m amazed that he has not already received attentions more intimate, more physical, and much less legal than the ones just concluded.

    The last thing a wise person should ever do is to go out of his way to piss off war vets. Especially Marine veterans of a 4’th generation war. The aforesaid asshole is liable to get very, very painfully schooled, in his turn, about the veterans’ new skillsets.

    Brrrrr.

  9. MEC said

    “If I were Phelps, I might consider throwing it in at this stage. Personally, I’m amazed that he has not already received attentions more intimate, more physical, and much less legal than the ones just concluded.”

    I have fond memories of the time the Phelps clan picketed the funeral of the miners killed in a West Virginia mine collapse. They were astonished to be confronted with shotgun-wielding members of the UMW. West Virginia miners are another group you really don’t want to piss off.

  10. Although it is a bit off topic, entitling your comment “Render unto Caesar,” leads me to point out a book-length essay inspired by that famous passage from the Gospels, which became the first and, to date, the only comprehensive compilation and analysis of everything Jesus is recorded to have said or done relative to taxes and tax collectors, which is much more than most people realize. The essay is entitled JESUS OF NAZARETH, ILLEGAL-TAX PROTESTER, and is available free for the downloading at http://www.jesus-on-taxes.com.

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