Thursday, November 01, 2007


Good news from the legal front. The nutty group that follows Fred Phelps and his depraved activities were dealt a blow. I blogged recently about the father that was suing the group for showing up at his military sons funeral to protest. Here is the verdict announcement from the wires;

"On Wednesday, the church and three of its leaders — Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis — were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.Jurors awarded Snyder $2.9 million in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages."

While it is unlikely this money will ever be collectd in total, as the groups assets are far less, there should be some financial damages received. Also this should embolden others to do the same and not simply take the abuse from Phelps and his followers. It is about time someone stood up to them as they are nothing but bullies. A nice precedent has been sent that hopefully sets a trend. Phelps was his usual insane self at the announcement proclaiming this will not stop him and that the verdict will be overturned upon appeal.

The bad news is that they are still receiving publicity, the good news is that it is finally the right type, as this noteriety cost about 11 million dollars!

blog you later,
pastor tom