Snyder v. Phelps et al

Filing 291

RESPONSE in Support re 288 MOTION re 287 Bill of Costs, Memorandum Supporting Bill of Costs filed by Fred W. Phelps, Sr, Rebekah A. Phelps-Davis, Shirley L. Phelps-Roper, Westboro Baptist Church, Inc.. Replies due by 4/26/2010. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment A- Fourth Circuit Order., # 2 Signature page for pro se defendants., # 3 Attachment B. Articles.)(Katz, Jonathan)

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Snyder v. Phelps et al Doc. 291 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND Albert Snyder, Plaintiff, vs. Fred W. Phelps, Sr., et al., Defendants. SUPPLEMENT TO: DEFENDANTS' REPLY TO: PLAINTIFF'S BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS' BILL OF COSTS After the Fourth Circuit's order of October 16, 2009, taxing appeal costs in the amount of $16,510.80 (Doc. No. 285), on October 30, 2009, defendants filed a Bill of Costs (Doc. No. 287), exhibits in support (Doc. No. 286), and memorandum of law in support (Doc. No. 288). Plaintiff responded in opposition on November 13, 2009 (Doc. No. 289), and defendants filed a reply on November 23, 2009 (Doc. No. 290). At the time of the reply, plaintiff's objections to appeal costs were pending before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. On March 26, 2010, the Fourth Circuit issued an order denying those objections. See Attachment A. Plaintiff objected to copies being reimbursed at the rate of $.50 per page; alleged unnecessary materials were included in the record by defendants; and claimed inability to pay; at the Fourth Circuit. Those objections were denied there, and should likewise be denied here. Further, Rule 39 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and the Fourth Circuit's Local Rule, requires that some items be taxed by the Court of Appeals, and then Case No. 06-cv-1389 1 Dockets.Justia.com that those items be added to the costs taxed by the trial court. Now that the Fourth Circuit has denied the objections so the amount taxed by that Court is final defendants respectfully request that the Court tax costs as set out in the Bill of Costs filed by defendants herein (see Doc. Nos. 286, 287 and 288). Further, in defendants' reply filed November 23, 2009 (Doc. No. 290), defendants noted that plaintiff has published the fact that he had engaged in fundraising for costs related to this litigation. Since the Fourth Circuit's March 26, 2010, order denying the objections, plaintiff has substantially intensified his fundraising, apparently successfully so (for instance, with Bill O'Reilly of The Factor pledging to pay the $16,510.80 taxed by the Fourth Circuit), and others making donations described as "flowing in." Thus any lingering question about whether plaintiff is entitled to avoid these costs (which should be taxed as a matter of law), because of inability to pay, should be fully resolved against plaintiff. As defendants pointed out in their reply (supplemented hereby), plaintiff did not establish indigency or inability to pay in his objections. Now he is utterly unable to sustain such a claim. A few samples of the national media coverage of this fundraising and its success are found at Attachment B. WHEREFORE, based upon the content of the Bill of Costs, exhibits, memorandum of law, reply and this supplement, defendants respectfully request that the Court tax costs herein against plaintiff, in the amount of $96,740.21 (which includes and encompasses the $16,510.80 taxed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals). 2 Respectfully submitted, _____/s/__________________________________ Jonathan L. Katz D.Md. Bar No. 07007 Jon Katz, P.C. 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 703 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (301) 495-7755 phone (301) 585-7733 fax jon@katzjustice.com Attorney for Defendants Westboro Baptist Church, Inc. and Fred W. Phelps, Sr. __(see attached signature)__________________ Shirley L. Phelps-Roper 3640 Churchill Road Topeka, KS 66604 785-640-6334 Defendant Pro Se __(see attached signature)__________________ Rebekah A. Phelps-Davis 1216 Cambridge Topeka, KS 66604 785-640-5431 Defendant Pro Se 3 Certificate of Service I certify that the foregoing Supplement to: Defendants' Reply to Plaintiffs' Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Bill of Costs was served by ECF/CM on April 8, 2010, on counsel for plaintiff: Mr. Sean E. Summers, Esq. Mr. Craig Tod Trebilcock, Esq. _____/s/___________________ Jon Katz Jonathan L. Katz Katz D.Md. Bar No. 07007 Jon Katz, P.C. 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 703 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (301) 495-7755 phone (301) 585-7733 fax jon@katzjustice.com 4

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