Father of fallen soldier on SCOTUS ruling: "I don't understand" - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

By Chris Conte

Father of fallen soldier on SCOTUS ruling: "I don't understand"

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- The father of a Rochester Marine killed in Afghanistan last year says the Supreme Court's decision to allow controversial protestors at soldiers funerals is, "hard to deal with."

Dave Swenson lost his son Curtis on April 2, 2010 after he was killed by a road side bomb, at his funeral a few days later members of the Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church said they would show up and pick but they never showed.

"You it's not about politics, the family is just trying to bury their son or daughter, it's a bad enough day," Swenson says.

"I dunno, I just don't understand it, that they'd let people do this," he adds.

The Supreme Court ruling today says the rights Curtis Swenson fought and died for, are the very same ones that give Westboro Baptist members permission to picket soldiers funerals.

"Speech is powerful, it can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow," said Justice Roberts, "And as it did here, inflict great pain but the government can not react to that pain by punishing the speaker."

But Dave Swenson says losing his son, is punishment enough.

"He's always gonna be here till the day I die."

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