Now, That's Justice!
When you get in someone's face with the intention of causing emotional distress, it's no longer free speech. It's invasion of privacy. It's also assault. Among other things.
The jury was to begin deliberating the size of punitive damages after receiving further instructions, although U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the compensatory award "far exceeds the net worth of the defendants," according to financial statements filed with the court. (emphasis mine)
And that is a good thing. Maybe now, the precedent has been set. Maybe now, homophobic and interfering cretins like the Phelps family and their in-bred church will leave other people alone.
Maybe now, people who are harrassed outside abortion clinics will also have access to the same remedies Albert Snyder had. Those of us who value individual freedoms can only hope so.
This is not the first time a jury has awarded damges to the plaintiff in excess of the defendant's current net worth. OJ Simpson will be paying off his debt until the seventeenth millenium.
Rock on, Justice!
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