Thursday, November 15, 2007

Enforcement of Illinois Moment of Silence Law Enjoined

An Illinois federal district court yesterday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a suburban Chicago school district from enforcing Illinois' new mandatory moment of silence law. (See prior related posting.) U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman said the new law is vague and questioned how it is to be enforced. The Chicago Sun Times and AP report that the order came in a suit filed by radio talk-show host Rob Sherman, whose attorney has now asked the court to extend the injunction to all school district in the state.

UPDATE: Thursday's Arlington Heights (IL) Daily Herald reports that Judge Gettleman refused to extend his preliminary injunction to the state's other 214 school dstricts because they are not defendants in the case. However he did order the state school superintendent not to enforce the new law. This means that no sanctions will be imposed against other school districts that refuse to require a moment of silence.

UPDATE: The full opinion granting the preliminary injunction is now available on LEXIS: Sherman v. Township High School Dist. 214, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84440 (ND IL, Nov. 15, 007).