Thursday, June 25, 2015

Case Challenging Library Conference Room Policy Settled

On Tuesday, a North Carolina federal district court entered a Stipulated Final Judgment (full text) in Liberty Counsel, Inc. v. County of Wake, North Carolina (ED NC, June 23, 2015) after the parties agreed to settle the case. In the case, plaintiff challenged the county library's conference room policy that permitted non-profit groups to use library conference rooms for cultural, civic and informal educational purposes, but not for religious instruction, religious services or religious ceremonies. (See prior posting.) According to Liberty Counsel's press release, in the settlement "the library agreed to remove all offending bans on religion." The court's order also awarded nominal damages of $100 to plaintiff, and retained jurisdiction to enforce other parts of the settlement agreement if necessary.