Friday, March 29, 2013

Pennsylvania Bill Would Limit Pseudonyms In Church-State Cases

In Pennsylvania earlier this month, state Representative Tim Krieger, concerned about lawsuits challenging Ten Commandment displays in two Pennsylvania school districts, introduced a bill to prevent litigants from proceeding anonymously in most litigation challenging the public display of religious symbols.  His HB No. 922 provides:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, in a suit to suppress, remove or otherwise inhibit the display or use of religious symbols in public locations, including public schools, the court shall not permit a party to participate by pseudonym and shall not seal the records in the case absent a showing, by clear and convincing evidence, that a party would otherwise suffer serious physical harm.
Seeking co-sponsors, Krieger describes the bill as "Guaranteeing Transparency in Litigation Affecting Religious Liberties."  The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the bill's introduction.

1 comment:

Ty Brady said...

Good to see the addition of... "absent a showing, by clear and convincing evidence, that a party would otherwise suffer serious physical harm."
Take a look at any online comment page where a ten commandments case is being challenged, and you'll see many postings wishing "serious physical harm" to the person bring the suit.