Friday, June 29, 2018

Cert. Denied, Over 2 Dissents, In Legislative Prayer Case

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday denied review in Rowan County, North Carolina v. Lund, (cert. denied 6/28/2018), but with Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Gorsuch, filing an opinion dissenting from the denial of certiorari. (Full text).  In the case,  the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc held by a 10-5 vote that the prayer practices of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, in which commissioners themselves deliver invocations, violate the Establishment Clause. (See prior posting.) Charlotte Observer reports on the denial of certiorari and reactions to it.