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Legal News
16 May 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Minneci v. Pollard [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to decide whether to allow a cause of action against private contractors running a federal prison. The issue is whether the court should imply a cause of action … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a New Hampshire law requiring schools to schedule voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) [advocacy website], its members Jan and Pat Doe, and their … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance do not violate the First Amendment [text] of the US Constitution, upholding a 2009 district court opinion [text, PDF]. A Texan … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected [opinion, PDF] an attempt to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow [JURIST news archive] and several other groups, who claimed … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow [JURIST news archive] had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] part of a Florida law [text] that requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 to obtain parental permission before they can be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance [text; JURIST news archive]. The … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Atheist Michael Newdow [advocacy website; Time profile], the man who sued [OYEZ case backgrounder; JURIST report] to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance [JURIST news archive], will be able to proceed with a libel lawsuit against a chaplain, according to a ruling [opinion, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2006
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Wednesday to block federal judges from ruling [AJS backgrounder] on the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance [JURIST news archive; Washington Post backgrounder], which contains the controversial phrase "under God." The Pledge Protection Act [HR 2389 text, PDF; summary] provides that … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] US District Judge Frank Damrell of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California [official website] dismissed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] brought by atheist Michael Newdow [case website] against the US government, arguing that the words "In God We Trust" on US currency violate Newdow's rights under … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official website; DOJ press release] said Thursday that the Department of Justice will fight to overturn Wednesday's federal court ruling [JURIST report] that the Pledge of Allegiance [JURIST news archive] with the words "under God" cannot be recited in public schools. Gonzales said that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance [JURIST news archive] in public schools with the language "under God" is unconstitutional. The judge granted legal standing to two families represented by Michael Newdow [JURIST news archive], an … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Michael Newdow's latest challenge that "under God" is unconstitutional was narrowed by US District Judge Lawrence Karlton [official profile] in Sacramento on Monday. After the US Supreme Court dismissed his lawsuit [JURIST report] against the Pledge of Alliance for lack of standing last June, Michael Newdow promised to file … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] FOX News is reporting that the US Supreme Court has rejected Michael Newdow's bid for an injunction banning prayer at the Presidential inaugural ceremonies January 20th. Newdow asked the Court to intervene [JURIST report] after US District Judge John Bates denied Newdow's original petition [JURIST report] in a ruling … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2005
by Matt Lubniewski

[JURIST] Michael Newdow [TIME profile], the Sacramento man who challenged the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, has appealed to the Supreme Court for an injunction against the recitation of planned prayers at the Bush inauguration, saying that they represent an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] FOX News is reporting that after hearing arguments [JURIST report] in a case seeking to prevent a prayer at President Bush's upcoming inauguration, US District Judge John Bates has rejected the challenge of plaintiff Michael Newdow [JURIST Newsmaker]. Read the opinion here [PDF]. 4:48 PM ET - FOX News … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US District Judge John Bates has heard arguments in a case seeking to prevent the recitation of a prayer [JURIST report] during President Bush' inauguration [official website] next week. Plaintiff Michael Newdow [JURIST Newsmaker], who unsuccessfully tried to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, argued … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Michael Newdow {JURIST Newsmaker], the same individual who sued to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, has filed a suit to bar the planned recitation of a prayer at the presidential inauguration [official website] on January 20. Newdow argues that the use of prayer … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2003
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Michael Newdow, the plaintiff in the US Ninth Circuit Pledge of Allegiance cases opposed to "under God", spoke recently at Duke Law School. Watch recorded video of his lecture, now online from Duke Law School. … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2003
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The House of Representatives [official website] Thursday passed a resolution condemning two US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rulings - the latest noted in JURIST's Paper Chase on February 28 - directly or indirectly impugning the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God" included. The … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2003
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The South Texas College of Law [official website] announced Friday afternoon that James J. Alfini of Northern Illinois University College of Law will be its ninth President and Dean, succeeding incumbent Frank T. Read. Read the STCL press release. At Duke Law School [official website] February 26, atheist and … [read more]

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