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Unpublished Paper
“On the Streets of Doomed America” : Snyder v. Phelps Through a Millian Lens
ExpressO (2012)
  • David G Lake, Arizona State University
Abstract

Although many Americans may be opposed to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Snyder v. Phelps, the Court protected traditional application of the freedom of speech by finding in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church. Specifically, the Supreme Court’s analysis of public vs. private speech issues in Snyder v. Phelps conforms to John Stuart Mill’s analysis of speech regulation in “On Liberty,” indicating that current freedom of speech jurisprudence continues to reflect Mill’s analysis and traditional ideas of this essential freedom.

Keywords
  • John Stuart Mill,
  • On Liberty,
  • Free Speech,
  • Westboro,
  • Snyder,
  • Phelps,
  • funeral,
  • military
Disciplines
Publication Date
September 7, 2012
Citation Information
David G Lake. "“On the Streets of Doomed America” : Snyder v. Phelps Through a Millian Lens" ExpressO (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_lake/1/