Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Court Says Injunction Request Is Moot In Suit Against History Teacher

In C. F. v. Capistrano Unified School District, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76932 (CD CA, July 27, 2009), a California federal district court refused to grant injunctive and declaratory relief to a high school student and his parents in their suit against high school history teacher James Corbett. In an earlier decision (see prior posting), the court found that the teacher's statement in class characterizing Creationism as "superstitious nonsense" violated the Establishment Clause. However now the court concluded that the proposed injunction to bar Corbett from expressing any disapproval of religion while acting in his official capacity as a public school employee was overbroad. It also held that any request for a narrower injunction is moot since plaintiff is no longer in Corbett's class. Finally it concluded that a declaratory judgment would serve no useful purpose.