The Westboro Baptist Church was taken to court by the father of Lance Cpl Matthew Snyder, a marine who died serving in Iraq in March 2006
Last year they caused outrage when they attended the funeral of Matthew Snyder with signs reading "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "You’re going to hell".
On Wednesday, the jury ordered the church and three of its leaders to pay $2.9m in compensatory damages, and an additional $8m for invasion of privacy and for causing emotional distress.
I Think it is a quite safe bet that this will be overturned on appeal, and it probably should be…based on free speech rights, but damn it’s nice to see these rat bastards get smacked a little. I’v always thought it would be absolutely great if someone took their damn signs away and kicked their asses.