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03-31-2010 06:35 PM  10 years ago
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O'Reilly Pays Legal Bill for Fallen Marine's Father
O'Reilly Pays Legal Bill for Fallen Marine's Father

Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 08:19 PM By: David A. Patten

No. 1 cable news host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who picketed his son's funeral.

According to news reports, the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, located in Topeka, Kan., believe that God is punishing the United States because of its acceptance of gay people. The church garners attention for its views by protesting high-profile funerals.

On March 3, 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder died in a non-combat related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province in Iraq.

"He was a hero and he was the love of my life," said Albert Snyder, Matthew's grieving father.

During the wake that was held after his son's funeral, family members turned on the television to view coverage of the massive procession involving over 1,500 persons. They saw the church members waving signs and protesting the funeral.

"I just stood there in shock," Albert Snyder told O'Reilly in November 2007.

"I couldn't believe that somebody would do that to somebody else. I mean, I didn't know what to say.

"Finally, somebody yelled, 'Turn off the television.' But I just stood there in shock. I can't believe there's somebody that would actually do that to soldiers."

Albert Snyder filed a federal lawsuit against the church, and a jury awarded him nearly $11 million dollars for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. But the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the verdict on the grounds that the church's First Amendment right to free expression must be protected.

Adding insult to injury, the court also ruled that Snyder would have to pay $16,500 to church members, to defray what they spent to defend themselves in court.

It was a tough blow for the father, who was already trying to raise the funds needed to appeal the Court of Appeals verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor, however, the host stepped forward.

"That is an outrage," he said. "I will pay Mr. Snyder's obligation. I am not going to let this injustice stand."

O'Reilly added, "It's obvious they were disturbing the peace by disrupting the funeral. They should have been arrested, but our system is so screwed up, so screwed up, that loons are allowed to run wild. Snyder is fighting the good fight, and he is taking his case to the Supreme Court as he should. We are behind him 100 percent."

Snyder's attorney, Sean Summers, says people can contribute to a legal fund established at MatthewSnyder.org. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Snyder's appeal during its October term, with a verdict likely to be announced in mid-2011.

http://newsmax.com/InsideCover/orei...omo_code=9AAD-1
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03-31-2010 07:01 PM  10 years ago
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Good for O'Reilly, stand up guy.
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03-31-2010 07:47 PM  10 years ago
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It is sad that any group of people will intrude on a family in such a time of grief.
I just can't figure what gets into people sometimes.
I hope that the Supreme Court does the right thing.
This so called freedom of speech exercise is as bad as shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater.
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03-31-2010 07:53 PM  10 years ago
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Good for Bill! I realize its also good publicity for him, but I think he choose to do a good thing helping that father who lost a son.Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!
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03-31-2010 08:24 PM  10 years ago
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are those church members going to hell now?Stupidity can be cured. Ignorance is for life!
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03-31-2010 08:27 PM  10 years ago
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are those church members going to hell now?
I don't know, but they sure do need their asses kicked.
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03-31-2010 08:37 PM  10 years ago
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I hope that the Supreme Court does the right thing.
I am confident they will do so.
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03-31-2010 09:06 PM  10 years ago
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Let me say first in no way would I condone such rude and and in my opinion non Jesus like behavior. There should be a sense of decorum and respect for an individual family in a time of morning as a sign of respect and understanding.
Now from the story posted, they were not at the actual interment of the body and interfering, which would be a public disturbance of the event; but were view on television at sometime after during the wake. Now what is the father responsibility here? Can he not turn off the TV? What if the TV was never turned on. What if he found out two weeks later from an old newspaper article? Would the emotional stress be the same? This is the conundrum and not meant to be cold hearted.

The story also points out another issue many on here indicates needs to be fixed; Insane law suit monetory awards. I could not imagine and no money would ever fix any pain I would feel from losing my son. But an 11 million dollar award for emotional stress is excessive and only award by the first jury in my opinion due to emotional jurors and not application of the law. It has been said that this is the same as yelling fire in a theater. I don't see it that way. Their action do not cause mass confusion and the possibility of bodily injury or death due to people trying to flee a build though exits.

I believe these people had a right to spout their hate and show themselves to be an a$$. I don't think they should have exercised this right at this time, but that is my feeling on the matter and not a law. They don't appear to from the story as said before intefered with the actual funeral procession or interment.

The payment by Oreilly if all were prudent should put the matter to rest and stop the appeals. The church should issue an apologize in my opinion for the disrespect they gave to a family so soon after burying a love one. The father can be proud that his son served to protect these idiots rights and take comfort there are those of us who respect this service.
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03-31-2010 09:32 PM  10 years ago
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The payment by Oreilly if all part were prudent should put the matter to rest and stop the appeals.
No it won't. It just buys that father some more time until he gets it to the Supreme Court. And, it was a very generous thing for O Reilly to do out of his own pocket.
The church should issue an apologize in my opinion for the disrespect they gave to a family so soon after burying a love one.
When observing the conduct of those church members, do you actually believe they will apologize to the father of that fallen soldier?

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03-31-2010 10:22 PM  10 years ago
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If you guys would do some research this "church" is the same one that has been going to other fallen soldiers funerals and protesting etc. They are not your typical chruch they are a bunch of lunatics that are just using church to do thier bs.
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04-01-2010 01:14 AM  10 years ago
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so to these people the US is the only country tolerant of gays??? Geez, other than the middle east, I thought we were one of the most INTOLERANT. What a whacky bunch of folks, hiding behind a cross.
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