S.Ct. Religion Docket - 2/24/98

Scott Idleman idleman at EXECPC.COM
Wed Feb 25 09:48:32 PST 1998


The following is the Supreme Court's religion docket as of 2/24/98.  I
have not been posting it in recent months, largely because it is so
uneventful, though I suppose that in itself is mildly informative.  Any
questions, comments, corrections can be sent to me at idleman at execpc.com.

Scott Idleman
Marquette Univ. Law School

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        A.      Decisions and Other Nonpreliminary Dispositions

                O'Leary v. Mack, 118 S. Ct. 36 (Oct. 6, 1997) (No.
96-1598), granting cert. to and, in light of City of Boerne v. Flores, 117
S. Ct. 2157 (June 25, 1997), vacating the judgment of 80 F.3d 1175 (7th
Cir. 1996) (Prison's refusal to accommodate religious needs of Muslim
inmates; RFRA; definition of "substantial burden").

        B.      Grants of Review and Preliminary Dispositions

        C.      Certiorari Petitions and Appeals Filed

                No. 97-960, K.R. v. Anderson Community Sch. Corp., 125
F.3d 1017 (7th Cir. 1997) (IDEA; instructional assistant at parochial
school), cert. petition filed, 66 U.S.L.W. 3428 (Dec. 9, 1997).

                No. 97-1103, Elewski v. Syracuse, N.Y., 123 F.3d 51 (2d
Cir. 1997) (Municipally sponsored religious display), cert. petition
filed, 66 U.S.L.W. 3474 (Dec. 30, 1997).

        D.      Denials and Dismissals of Review or Relief

                No. 96-1587, Albuquerque, N.M. v. Browner, 97 F.3d 415
(10th Cir. 1996) (Indian tribe's enforcement of its water quality
standards against upstream dischargers; Establishment Clause), cert.
denied, 118 S. Ct. 410 (Nov. 10, 1997).

                No. 96-1819, Doe v. Massachusetts Dep't of Social Servs.
(In re Care & Protection of Minor Child) (Mass. Jan. 28, 1997) (Foster
care; gay foster parents; religious liberty; mootness), cert. denied, 118
S. Ct. 52 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 96-1874, Chalmers v. Tulon Co. of Richmond, 101 F.3d
1012 (4th Cir. 1996) (Employment discrimination; religious accommodation;
employee who sent letters to co-workers criticizing their lives;
discharge), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 58 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 96-1894, Tanford v. Brand, 104 F.3d 982 (7th Cir.
1997) (Prayer at state university graduation; Establishment Clause), cert.
denied, 118 S. Ct. 60 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 96-1997, Zimmer v. Naumann, 1997 WL 10520 (Minn. Ct.
App. June 16, 1997) (Order barring entry of church property; evidence;
internal church governance), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 74 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 96-2024, Moran v. Moran, 933 S.W.2d 1207 (Ariz. Ct.
App. 1996) (Disregard of marriage license requirement for religious
reasons), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 78 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 97-48, Douglass v. United States, (5th Cir.) (unpubl.)
(Employment discrimination; gender; retaliation; witchcraft; immunity),
cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 161 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 97-83, German Roman Catholic Congregation of St.
Michael's Church v. Wuerl, 687 A.2d 864 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1996) (Table)
(Property dispute; standing), appeal denied, 693 A.2d 589 (Pa. 1997),
cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 165 (Oct. 6, 1997).

                No. 97-211, Grand Fraternity Rosae Crucis v. Moyer, 114
F.3d 1172 (3d Cir. 1997) (Table) (Religion; battle for organizational
control; jurisdiction), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 297 (Oct. 14, 1997).

                No. 97-405, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Kenneth
R., 654 N.Y.S.2d 791 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997) (Negligent supervision of
clergy; sexual abuse of minors), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 413 (Nov. 10,
1997).

                No. 97-654, Medina v. Devine (5th Cir.  before judgment)
(Courtroom display of religious imagery; due process; Establishment
Clause), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 445 (Nov. 17, 1997).

                No. 97-680, Kolodziej v. Smith, 682 N.E.2d 604 (Mass.
1997) (Employee's refusal to attend employer-mandated religious seminar),
cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 628 (Dec. 15, 1997).

                No. 97-761, Weaver v. Wood, 680 N.E.2d 918 (Mass. 1997)
(Lawsuit by church members to enforce secular rules of church governance),
cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 694 (Jan. 12, 1998).

                No. 97-822, FAIR v. San Buenaventura, Cal. (Cal. Ct. App.)
(Zoning; discrimination in land use designation; public vote on use of
church land), cert. denied, 118 S. Ct. 871 (Jan. 20, 1998).

                No. 97-923, Votion v. Atascosa County, Tex. (5th Cir.)
(County's ad valorem tax; denial of religious exemption), cert. denied,
118 S. Ct. 883 (Jan. 26, 1998).

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