Homework _3, Sp2011 - Legal Environment of Business(1) (3)

Homework _3, Sp2011 - Legal Environment of Business(1) (3)...

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Anna Zhao 15 March, 2011 Business Law Homework #3 1. What's the procedural history of this case? In other words, what happened in the lower courts and what did each court decide? (Make sure you include the claim made in the case.) The trial of Snyder v. Phelps was held on the remaining claims. At trial, Snyder described the brutality of his injuries on emotions. “He testified that he is unable to separate the thought of his dead son from his thoughts of Westboro’s picketing, and that he often becomes tearful, angry, and physically ill when he thinks about it. Id., at 588–589. Expert witnesses testified that Snyder’s emotional anguish had resulted in severe depression and had exacerbated preexisting health conditions. In the Court of Appeals, Westboro’s primary argument was that the church was entitled to judgment as a matter of law because the First Amendment fully protected Westboro’s speech. The Court of Appeals agreed. 580 F. 3d 206, 221 (CA4 2009). The court reviewed the picket signs and concluded that Westboro’s statements were entitled to First Amendment protection because those statements were on matters of public concern, were not provably false, and were expressed solely through hyperbolic rhetoric. Id. , at 222–224. (Supreme Court)
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course LAW 1101 taught by Professor Hodge during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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Homework _3, Sp2011 - Legal Environment of Business(1) (3)...

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