Snyder v. Phelps, Constitutional law class forum post help

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1. Snyder v. Phelps, 09-751 (March 2, 2011) involved members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketing at the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder.  Please read the decision, give me a summary of the facts of the case and a discussion of the Court’s decision.

2.  In oral argument, Justice Scalia questions the applicability of the “fighting words” doctrine enunciated in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire , 315 U. S. 568 (1942).  Please watch the video.

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Despite this discussion, the doctrine is dismissed in a footnote in the majority opinion and barely mentioned in the concurring opinion.  Please define and explain the doctrine.  Could/should it have been applied?

Review the grading rubric for forums which can be found in the Resources link. Your initial post must be a minimum of 500 words and must thoroughly answer the questions posed. All citations must be in Bluebook format.  Examples are available in the Resources link.  You are required to respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.  Replies should be at least 250 words each and should be substantive.

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