Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Court Dismisses Claim Against US Over Local School Practices

Not surprisingly, a Connecticut federal district court has dismissed a somewhat incoherent lawsuit brought by a pro se plaintiff against the United States and the U.S. Supreme Court. In Edwards v. United States, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32449 (D CT, April 21, 2008), plaintiff alleged that the United States infringed free expression and free exercise provisions by preventing volunteers and teachers from expressing Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs and sharing biblical teachings in the nation's public schools, while permitting presentation of "unsafe" and "destructive" beliefs of other cultures in the schools. Her complaint sets out examples relating to a school in Trumbull, Connecticut which her children attend. The court held that the U.S. has not waived its sovereign immunity as to this claim and that plaintiff lacked standing because the actions of the local school officials involved cannot be traced to the United States.