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Who wins in free speech versus privacy?

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By Larry Rowell

The United States Supreme Court will soon listen to arguments that will test the very fabric and mettle of the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech.

The case stems from members of the Topeka, Kan., Westboro Baptist Church’s constitutional right to picket at military funerals.

On March 10, 2006, seven members of the Phelps family picketed at 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in northern Maryland.

More than 1,000 people showed up to support Snyder’s family and to protest against the Phelps’ message.


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