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Credit: Westboro Baptist Church

The first Monday in October marks the opening of the 2010 term for the United States Supreme Court. During this week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a number of cases, including one that examines the boundaries of the First Amendment.

In Snyder v. Phelps, Albert Snyder, the father of a deceased Marine had sued Pastor Fred W. Phelps, Sr., the Westboro Baptist Church and some of its members for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff Snyder had lost his son, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder, on March 3, 2006, while his son was serving in the line of duty in Iraq.
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Congress is facing a complex dilemma as it focuses on Internet privacy legislation. As personal communication migrates from traditional telephone lines to e-mails, Facebook, and VOIP calls, Congress must seek a balance between public safety concerns and individual privacy interests as law enforcement officials seek increased access to these forms of electronic communication.

Currently, one law receiving intense focus is the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), with a building consensus calling for revisions to the statute.
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