Monday, November 27, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Review In School Board Prayer and Funeral Picketing Cases

Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in American Humanist Association v. Birdville Independent School District, (Docket No. 17-178, cert. denied 11/27/2017). (Order List).  In the case, the 5th Circuit upheld a school board's practice of opening its meetings with presentations from students, which often involve a prayer.  It held that legislative prayer cases, not the decisions regarding school prayer, govern this situation. (See prior posting.)

The Supreme Court today also denied review in Phelps-Roper v. Ricketts, (Docket No. 17-427, cert. denied 11/27/2017). (Order List).  In the case the 8th Circuit upheld Nebraska's Funeral Picketing Law against both facial and as-applied challenges brought by members of the Westboro Baptist Church. (See prior posting.)