A case coming up before the Supreme Court today will test the limits of free speech.
In Snyder v. Phelps, the anti-gay protestor Fred Phelps is being sued by the father of Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine who died in Iraq. In 2006, Phelps' group, the Westboro Baptist Church, picketed 1,000 feet from Snyder’s funeral with signs saying “You are Going to Hell” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” The father wants to see the WBC punished for "intentional infliction of emotional distress."
The Supreme Court has, in the past, proved itself willing to protect even the most extreme versions of free speech. Our guest, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, knows that very well. He came up before the court almost twenty years ago with a now-famous free speech case of his own.