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Warner & Webb explain not being apart of Snyder v Phelps amicus brief

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli‘s decision to not sign on to an amicus brief filed by 49 other Attorneys General in the Snyder v. Phelps case has gotten quite a bit of media attention. However not getting as much play is the absence of both Virginia Senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb on a similar brief filed by members of the U.S. Senate. The brief was also in support of Albert Snyder, the father whose son’s funeral was interrupted by the protests of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.

That particular brief had the support of 42 United States Senators.

Unlike Cuccinelli, whose office defended his decision and explained his rationale for choosing not to support the Snyder effort, both offices of Virginia’s U.S. Senators claim their lack of participation was merely an oversight.

“This isn’t a reflection of his views on the issue at all,” explained Will Jenkins, a spokesman for Senator Webb. “The actions of these protesters are extremely disrespectful to military families.”

Both Jenkins and Kevin Hall, a spokesman for Senator Warner, said that their was a tight turnaround for Senate members to take part in the amicus brief. Both offices are exploring options to allow the Senators to show their support for the effort.

We will let you know when that happens.

Written by Ryan Nobles

June 3, 2010 at 8:51 am

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