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article imageSlain Marine's father ordered to pay legal costs of anti-gay group

By KJ Mullins     Mar 30, 2010 in World
The father of a 20-year-old Marine who died fighting in Iraq has been ordered by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to pay Fred Phelps' appeal costs.
On Friday the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Albert Snyder of York, Pa., father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder to pay Westboro Baptist Church's leader Fred Phelps $16,510.
Westboro Baptist Church is known for anti-gay protests and movements.
In 2006, the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder was targeted by Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps and six members of church gathered to picket the solemn affair with signs that read "America is doomed," "Matt in hell" and "Semper Fi fags."
The family sued the group after Phelps used his website to criticize Snyder.
The family won the first round in a Maryland court against Westboro Baptist Church, being awarded $5 million on the grounds of intrusion into a secluded event, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy.
However, that award was overturned during appeal. The court ruled that the protesters were exercising their right of free speech.
Now, Snyder's family must pay the legal costs for Westboro Baptist Church.
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