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A few notes I couldn't fit into my story today about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Snyder v. Phelps. - While the underlying case is emotional and brings out strong reactions, the court's actual ruling "doesn't break any new ground," according to Garrett Epps, a Constitutional law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. "The court went out of its way to make its ruling as narrow as it could," Epps said. Justice Stephen G. Breyer hinted at what could be the next First Amendment battleground, however. His three-page concurring opinion (scroll to page 20 of the court's ruling) noted the majority did not say anything about Internet postings. Breyer has expressed concern in the past about a lack of precedents regarding the constitutionality of Internet speech. Epps thinks those cases are coming - and Westboro Baptist Church might be the catalyst. "My sense is they're really going to post some things online and see if someone sues them," Epps said.

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  1. My friend and i are having a debate on this court case on Thursday. We are against the supreme courts ruling. We would appreciate any advice or additional information you could give us.