Westboro Baptist Church ordered to pay $5 million

The Patriot-News, Pennsylvania/February 29, 2008

Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kan., church that protests at military funerals, must pay the $5 million owned to Albert Snyder of Spring Garden Twp., York County, according to a decision by a federal judge.

The York Dispatch reports that the judge denied a request further reduce the monetary damages awarded in a federal lawsuit that was filed after the church protested the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett in Maryland was asked by church officials to reconsider the damage award, dismiss the case or overrule the verdict, according to the newspaper.

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