Can emotional distress trump free speech? | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Can emotional distress trump free speech?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Supreme Court arguments were held today in the case of the damage verdict awarded, then overturned, against Westboro Church protesters who display hateful signs at military funerals (in this case outside a 1000-foot buffer zone). The conservative justices seem anxious to find a way around free speech rights to give damages to the aggrieved father of a serviceman. It is dangerous terrority for the Roberts-Alito-Scalia-Thomas anti-abortion faction. Would a limitation make it harder for protesters to cause emotional distress to women entering abortion clinics, generally protected by much smaller buffer zones than military funerals?

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