De Novo: A Virginia Appellate Law Blog

De Novo: A Virginia Appellate Law Blog

Jay O’Keeffe practices with Johnson, Rosen & O’Keeffe LLC. in Roanoke, Virginia, where he splits his time between appellate and business litigation. read more

Tag Archives: Snyder v. Phelps

Thursday Q&A

Posted in Appellate Practice
One of the neat features of blogging is that I get to see the searches that brought people here. It recently occurred to me that I can wield this power for good or evil–good, if I choose to engage your questions, and provide useful information; or evil, if I should expose the bizarre and disturbing questions that keep you… Continue Reading

Update: SCOTUS Grants Cert in Snyder v. Phelps

Posted in News
In September, we wrote about Snyder v. Phelps, the funeral-picketing case out of the Fourth Circuit. Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted cert in Snyder. The case is getting plenty of attention from the mainstream media, as well as some treatment on De Novo favorites SCOTUSblog, the Volokh Conspiracy (which had roughly a bajillion posts about the… Continue Reading

Snyder v. Phelps: New First Amendment Opinion from the Fourth Circuit

Posted in Opinions and Analysis
The Fourth Circuit hands down a new First Amendment decision today in Snyder v. Phelps.  Snyder is an important case for more than purely doctrinal reasons. It involves the  Westboro Baptist Church, a group noted their quaint habit of proselytizing at funerals. The Church sports a website whose address is literally so offensive that I can’t spell it out here, what with… Continue Reading