Casey Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Military Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Snyder v. Phelps case: 

“I am disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the right of families of fallen troops to commemorate and grieve peacefully and privately,” said Senator Casey.  “I supported the case filed by Albert Snyder through an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.  In light of this ruling, I hope that protesters would change their minds and respect the brave men and women who sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom.”

Last year, Senator Casey signed on to an amicus brief filed to support the Supreme Court case to protect the right of families to not have military funeral services disrupted by protests.  The Snyder v. Phelps case was filed by the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder after his funeral was protested in 2006.  Albert Snyder is a resident of York, Pa.