Supreme Court Religion Docket

Scott Idleman idleman at EXECPC.COM
Tue Oct 30 11:37:46 PST 2001


Colleagues:

Below is an overview of the "religion docket" for the Supreme Court's
2001 term.

As some of you know, for several years I have maintained a
docket-tracking summary in a variety of areas -- abortion, environment,
expression/association, federal courts/jurisdiction, federal Indian law,
and religion.  If anyone is interested in receiving future distributions
of this summary (by e-mail attachment, with changes indicated in bold),
please feel free to e-mail me off-list at idleman at execpc.com.

Scott Idleman
Marquette Univ. Law School

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RELIGION

        A.      Decisions and Other Nonpreliminary Dispositions

                Gentala v. Tuscon, Ariz., 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 9, 2001) (No. 01-75),
granting cert. to and, in light of Good News Club v. Milford Central
School, 121 S. Ct. 2093 (2001), vacating the judgment of and remanding
244 F.3d 1065 (9th Cir. 2001) (Free use of city parks; religious
exclusion policy).

        B.      Grants of Review and Preliminary Dispositions

                No. 00-1751, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 234 F.3d 945 (6th Cir. 2000)
(Voucher program; religious schools), cert. granted, 122 S. Ct. ___
(Sept. 25, 2001).  Consolidated with No. 00-1777, Hanna Perkins Sch. v.
Simmons-Harris, 234 F.3d 945 (6th Cir. 2000), cert. granted, 122 S. Ct.
___ (Sept. 25, 2001), and No. 00-1779, Taylor v. Simmons-Harris, 234
F.3d 945 (6th Cir. 2000), cert. granted, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Sept. 25,
2001). Questions presented (as consolidated): [1] Does the Establishment
Clause prohibit Ohio's school choice program from authorizing parents to
use tax-funded scholarships at any private school, whether religious or
not? [2] Does the Ohio Pilot Scholarship and Tutorial Program, which
provides scholarship and tutorial funds to a broad class of public and
nonpublic school, low income families, comport with the Establishment
Clause of the First Amendment when recipients are defined without
reference to religion and when identity of public, secular, or religious
school of attendance is the result of the independent and free choice of
various individuals participating in the program? [3] Does a program
designed to rescue economically disadvantaged children from a failing
public school system by providing scholarships that they may use in
private, religious, or suburban public schools that choose to
participate in the program—and that operates in the context of a broad
array of public school choices—violate the First Amendment because in
the early stages of the program most of schools that have agreed to take
on scholarship students are religiously affiliated?

        C.      Certiorari Petitions and Appeals Filed

                No. 01-283 (appeal), Utah v. Evans, 143 F. Supp. 2d 1290 (D. Utah
2001) (Census; Americans living abroad; overseas missionary service;
burden on religion), appeal filed, 70 U.S.L.W. 3147 (Aug. 14, 2001).

                No. 01-287, Adler v. Duval County, Fla., Sch. Bd., 250 F.3d 1330 (11th
Cir. 2001) (en banc) (Public school graduation ceremony; student-led
prayers), cert. petition filed, 70 U.S.L.W. 3147 (Aug. 8, 2001).

                No. 01-324, Wilkinson v. Flagner, 241 F.3d 475 (6th Cir. 2001) (Prison
grooming regulation; haircut; religious free exercise), cert. petition
filed, 70 U.S.L.W. 3162 (Aug. 23, 2001).

                No. 01-621, Dachman v. Thompson, ___ F.3d ___ (4th Cir. May 18, 2001)
(Employment discrimination; religion; leave; limits on type of work
permitted during compensatory overtime), cert. petition filed, 70
U.S.L.W. ___ (Oct. 11, 2001).

        D.      Denials and Dismissals of Review or Relief

                No. 00-1774, Calderon v. Sandoval, 241 F.3d 765 (9th Cir. 2001)
(Habeas corpus; AEDPA; prosecutor's reference to Bible during penalty
phase argument of capital case), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 1,
2001).

                No. 00-1827, Williams v. Watts-Willowbrook Church of Christ (9th Cir.
Feb. 16, 2001) (Conspiracy to remove minister), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct.
___ (Oct. 1, 2001).

                No. 00-1932, DiBari v. Bedford Cent. Sch. Dist., 245 F.3d 49 (2d Cir.
2001) (Schools; Earth Day liturgy; standing), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct.
___ (Oct. 1, 2001).

                No. 00-1951, Gossett v. Duke Univ., 246 F.3d 664 (4th Cir. 2001)
(Table) (Employment discrimination; religion; refusal to disclose Social
Security number), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 1, 2001).

                No. 01-8, Arkansas Presbytery of Cumberland Presbyterian Church v.
Hudson, 40 S.W.3d 301 (Ark. 2001) (Church property dispute), cert.
denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 1, 2001).

                No. 01-70, Hack v. President & Fellows of Yale Coll., 237 F.3d 81 (2d
Cir. 2001) (Requirement that university students reside in co-ed
dormatories; religious objection), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 1,
2001).

                No. 01-187, Daniels v. Arlington, Tex., 246 F.3d 500 (5th Cir. 2001)
(Discharge of police officer who wore a gold cross pin on uniform
shirt), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 9, 2001).

                No. 01-210, Bruff v. North Miss. Health Servs., Inc. 244 F.3d 495 (5th
Cir. 2001) (Employment discrimination; religion; scope of appellate
review), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 9, 2001).

                No. 01-292, REN Labs. of Fla., Inc. v. Weiss, 251 F.3d 161 (11th Cir.
2001) (table) (Employment discrimination; religion; judgment as a matter
of law), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 29, 2001).

                No. 01-317, Weiss v. REN Labs. of Fla., Inc., 251 F.3d 161 (11th Cir.
2001) (table) (Employment discrimination; religion; new trial), cert.
denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 29, 2001).

                No. 01-384, Brown v. Gilmore, 258 F.3d 265 (4th Cir. 2001) (facial
challenge to state statute mandating a minute of silence in public
schools), injunction denied, 122 S. Ct. ___, 2001 WL 1056666 (Sept. 12,
2001) (per Rehnquist, C.J.), cert. denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 29,
2001).

                No. 01-503, Wells v. Denver, Colo., 257 F.3d 1132 (10th Cir. 2001)
(Holiday displays; ban against unattended private displays), cert.
denied, 122 S. Ct. ___ (Oct. 29, 2001).

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