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
I hope this evil clown from Hell, Fred Phelps, is brought low to never rise again. He is a disgrace that uses God for his own importance and benefit. His family is no better.
I am very happy for this verdict and hope it stands.
God bless all our troops, living and dead, and their families.