Albert Snyder v. Fred Phelps, Sr.

Filing 28

PETITION for rehearing en banc (FRAP 35) filed by Rebekah A. Phelps-Davis and Shirley L. Phelps-Roper. [08-1026] (MJP)

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Albert Snyder v. Fred Phelps, Sr. Doc. 28 Att. 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS & TABLE OF AUTHORITIES Petition for Rehearing En Banc ..................................................................................... 1 Introduction .................................................................................................................... 1 1. The opinion denying the motion for stay, such as it reflects a ruling on the likelihood of success on the merits, is in conflict with the Eight and Tenth Circuits ..................................................................................................................... 2 2. This proceeding involves one or more questions of exceptional importance, including, a. Is there a privacy right in a funeral? If so, does it reach to public places outside the church? b. Is there a privacy right in mourning? If so, does it reach religious commentary in the media and on a passive Web site? c. If there is a privacy right in a funeral or mourning, what is the reasonable time, place, manner and content-neutral limits that can be placed on First Amendment speech, religious speech or assembly? ...................................................................................................... 2 Background .................................................................................................................... 3 Points of Law or Fact Overlooked or Misapprehended ................................................. 7 Phelps-Roper v. Nixon, 409 F.3d 480 (8th Cir. 2007) (pending rehearing en banc) ................................................................................................................ 12 Asbury, Amanda, "Finding Rest in Peace and Not in Speech: The Government's Interest in Privacy Protection in and Around Funerals," 41 IND L REV 383 (2008)................................................................................... 12 Beil, Kara, "Funeral Protest Bans: Do They Kill Speech or Resurrect Respect for the Dead?" 42 VAL U L REV 503 (Winter 2008) ........................... 11 Cornwell, Andrew, "A Final Salute to Lost Soldiers: Preserving the Freedom of Speech at Military Funerals," 56 AM U L REV i Dockets.Justia.com 1329 (June, 2007) ................................................................................................. 12 McCarthy, Robert F., "The Incompatibility of Free Speech and Funerals: A Grayned-Based Approach for Funeral Protest Statutes," 68 OHIO ST L J 1469 (2007).............................................................................. 12 Miller, Lauren M., "A Funeral for Free Speech? Examining the Constitutionality of Funeral Picketing Acts," 44 HOUS L REV 1097 (Symposium 2007) ...................................................................................... 12 Mosher, Cynthia, "What They Died to Defend: Freedom of Speech and Military Funeral Protests," 112 PENN ST L REV 587 (Fall 2007)....................... 9 Ritts, Katherine A., "The Constitutionality of `Let Them Rest in Peace' Bills: Can Governments Say `Not Today, Fred' to Demonstrations at Funeral Ceremonies?" 58 SYRACUSE L REV 137 (2007) ............................................. 11 Rutledge, Njeri Mathis, "A Time to Mourn: Balancing the Right of Free Speech Against the Right of Privacy in Funeral Picketing," 67 MD L REV 295 (2008) ................................................................................... 10 Wells, Christina E., Privacy and Funeral Protests," University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-06. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1106363. Also, Wells, Christina E., "Privacy and Funeral Protests," 87 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVEW ____ (forthcoming 2008)........................................................................................ 9 Conclusion ................................................................................................................... 13 Elk Grove Unified School Dist. v. Newdow, 542 U.S. 1, 124 S.Ct. 2301, 159 L.Ed.2d 98 (2004).......................................................................................... 14 Morse v. Frederick, ---- U.S. ----, 127 S.Ct. 2618, 168 L.Ed.2d 290 (2007)....... 13 New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 84 S.Ct. 710, 11 L.Ed.2d 686 (1964).......................................................................................... 15 Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488, 81 S.Ct. 1680, 6 L.Ed.2d 982 (1961) ........... 14 Citizen Publishing Co. v. Miller, 210 Ariz. 513, 115 P.2d 107 (2005)................ 15 Certificate of Service ................................................................................................... 16 ii

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