Albert Snyder's Uphill Battle Helped By Strangers
Remember Bill O’Reilly’s offer to the mourning father of Matthew A. Snyder to pay all his legal expenses? It appears that Albert Snyder is at a point where he is willing to withdraw his appeal if the Westboro Baptist Church — who protested Matthew's funeral because of America's tolerance for homosexals — would stop protesting funerals.
It is not for lack of support that Snyder feels this way. Besides O’Reilly offer, the American Legion raised more than $20,000 for him. Two military veterans, lawyers Sean Summers and Craig Trebilcock agreed to take Snyder’s case for free. He had received about 3,000 e-mail messages from people offering him money for his legal expenses. Most of the donations came in small bills, such as a $10 bill from Sally Giannini, a 72-year-old retired bookkeeper from Spokane, Washington. Both rich and poor, Americans from all lifestyles have come forward to help Snyder.
Yet, in a phone interview with the Sun Tuesday, Snyder said he was exhausted by the long legal ordeal. He spends all his spare time on the case, which is now in front of the Supreme Court.
Summers warned that this case is not going to be easy and it would exact emotional toll on the people involved, as any long legal dispute of this nature does. The fight has already affected Snyder’s health, worsening his diabetes and causing clinical depression.
Conservative political blogger Michelle Malkin called the Westboro protesters “evil miscreants” and urged her readers to donate to Snyder’s defense fund. Mark Seavey, new-media director for the American Legion said. “On an issue like this that cuts across political lines, it’s relatively easy, and it’s the kind of fight we want to wade into because it’s not right or left, it’s right or wrong.”Continued on the next page