From the article:
|Retired Sgt. Ryan Newell of Marion, Kansas, a turret gunner who lost both legs to an improvised bomb in Afghanistan in 2008, is being held in Sedgwick County, Kansas, in lieu of $500,000 bail, and defense attorney Boyd McPherson was negotiating with prosecutors Monday to reduce the bail, he told CNN in an interview.|
Newell, his wife, Carrie, and their four children were the subject of local media attention when the national nonprofit Homes for Our Troops constructed a new house for the family this year.
Since Newell's arrest last week, McPherson's office has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from supporters of Newell or opponents of the Westboro Baptist Church, led by Pastor Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas.
These charges are serious, but forgive me for being a bit callous - those assholes at the Westboro Baptist church deserve every live round that comes singing through the air toward their collective heads. Do they have a right to free speech? Certainly. Does that right extend to them harassing and baiting the grieving family members of fallen soldiers? No.
Does it take any 'courage' to stand there and hold the most despiccable signs?
Well I don't have all the facts on the case, but Sgt. Newell deserves our support. If you can spare a few bucks please send a donation to Sgt. Ryan Newell's defense fund. These Westboro pukes need to be stood up to; and that's exactly what Sgt. Ryan Newell did.
From a concerned citizen:
|I just spoke to his (Newell's) attorney's office. He was released this afternoon, but there is a defense fund being set up. They said a lot of people are calling and are outraged. If anyone wants to donate, please make the check out to Sgt. Ryan Newell. Send to the following address:Law Office of Boyd R. McPherson|
Sgt. Ryan Newell, Legal Defense Fund
500 N. Market Street
Wichita, KS 67214