Slain Soldier's Family Wins $11 Million Dollar Suit Against Homophobic Phelps Family Church

This post, written by TRex, originally appeared on FireDogLake

Well, well, well.

A Pennsylvania jury has awarded the family of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder some eleven million dollars in a court case against the "ministry" of Fred Phelps. To wit!
After members of Reverend Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church demonstrated at the funeral of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder his father was justifiably upset. But Albert Snyder didn't just get mad - he got even:
A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals in the belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.
Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.
The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.
U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the award for compensating damages "far exceeds the net worth of the defendants," according to financial statements filed with the court.
Well, jump up and slap the mule. That's the best news I've heard in ages. That means that Westboro Baptist will probably go bankrupt and Reverend Phelps and his congregation (which is mostly made up of his extended family) are going to have to ship their little inbred, home-schooled brats off to real schools because they're all going to have to get real jobs, rather than travel the country intruding on the private grief of American families.
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