October 6th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Justices hear case of anti-gay protests at military funerals

The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday to find a constitutional balance between free speech and privacy in a case involving provocative anti-homosexual protests by a small church at the funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq.

Members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church protested outside the court, while inside, one of their members argued they had a right to promote what they called a broad-based message on public matters such as wars.

But the lawyer for the fallen Marine's father argued those protests were an invasion of privacy and an intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"[Justice] Brandeis said the right to be let alone was the most important, and so he must have been thinking there could be a tort [lawsuit] there for interference with privacy," Justice Stephen Breyer noted Wednesday. "And emotional injury, deliberately inflicted, could be one... but I see that in some instances that could be abused to prevent somebody from getting out a public message, and therefore, I'm looking for a line."

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  1. hoss

    Baby killers? i was a construction engineer in the army. dr. bad needs a good cruise missle up his ass. by the way you can thank the military for the freedom of using pie hole. now try to be a little more intelligent and use your spell check. MORON

    October 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Actually the protestors should have been arrested for disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
    It's a no brainer. They have literally disturbed the peace. That leads to the two other charges being legimate.
    jim

    October 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    OH what experts they are. As Thye again avoid every question or point or fact i have made.
    no, they just go on arguing like mindles idiots they are.
    oh they are gonna TELL Me What THEY Think,and they gonna tell Me What I THink.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and of course stil have not spent 5 minute ot try and find out who or what i am.
    Rick Sanchez Needs to File Suit against Time warener before I serve them. That way he wil stil get his claim.
    IM going to go see if Ted Turner wants the privalge of gutting out tiem warner as well as murdocha nd fox.
    and when they go down?
    the pentagon wil fall with them.
    and then the oil comapanies are next.
    Inshallah.
    now YOU were saying Gas bag?

    October 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I and many others have tried repeatedly ot psot the first amendment in Here in these threads.
    and it is blocked an dintercpeted.
    oh yes you know a billion ways to get aroun the law dont you.
    odd, you do not know The Law.
    and fo rsome reason america nd those jews and arabs all think they are baove the law.
    now go fill up that s.u.v and high dollar pick up and scream Gold Bless Them Troops.
    as you pack up your desks and get out of mY comapany.
    Go Find New Jobs.
    Here i s your Compassion.
    Mercy Got Canceled.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Idiots.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Truth

    You really should let your parents type for you. All you do is make statements, you ask no questions as you stated eariler.your rants are that of a disturbed person or your just annoying, which is what I think is your goal. Just leave ok!

    October 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      waaa,waaa,waaa,,,,
      I guess YOU Missed the Part where I Own this damn place.
      and i would o fleft had YOU not Tried To Make me.
      same for your idiot country.
      I wil leave when I am damn well good and ready.

      October 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    OH and soon as YOU Take this Fuking A.P.B. Asassination Order Off Of Me.
    Now go spend 15 minutes and find out who and what i am,
    Then come back and suck My Dick.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. okay

    The ravings of an illiterate lunatic

    October 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      you keep on telling your self that.
      scream a little louder.
      Reality is on The way.

      October 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Now, ask again why I Hate you.
    ask again, why you get no help.
    You speak Mexican?

    October 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I just listened ot the questiosn these worthles judges are asking.
    they already show thier decision.
    has nothing to do with Law.
    i see them sticking thier own personal views in.
    worthless.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      It is obvious you are an angry man. Do you have PTSD. You may need some professional help. I have seen your incoherant rants on other subjects at other forums.

      October 7, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. DUDE

    YOU GO MR. BAD! You proved that you can drink three bottles of rum and still type! (does not make any sense, but at least you can still type) kldfmvmfdkv adfvmadfv adfknafvandfv <= look! my monkey can type too and it make just as much sense!

    October 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marines123

    We don't need to protest an American hero who died in battle. He or she paid the ultimate sacrafise for all of us. I now salute him General bad decidedto lay down his arms and hopefully we can make him salute our comrades in battle.

    October 7, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marines123

    General bad was fired for raping his female comrades in the battlefield. In addition, he had his inferior illiterate poorly trained boys retreat and then Gen Bad went AWOL instead of fighting the superior Special Forces units. He was punished by court martial and is now required to raise the great American Flag every morning. He love this Country.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. sara

    This monster and his parishners need to have their brains taken out, and examinated for DNA and genetic mutations. These people are about as shameful as it gets. I don,t think they know they will be selling ice cream bars in a very hot place, when they meet their maker!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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