Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wallace v. Jaffree case brief

Wallace v. Jaffree case brief summary
472 U.S. 38 (1985)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Appellants challenged the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit which reversed a lower court holding that Ala. Code § 16-1-20.1 did not violate theEstablishment Clause of the U.S. Constitutional Amendment I.

CASE FACTS
Appellee, a resident of Mobile County, Alabama, filed suit against the appellant governor, school board and other public officials, seeking an injunction restraining appellants from maintaining or allowing regular prayer services in the public schools. Appellee alleged that his two children were subjected to various acts of religious indoctrination during the school year and appellants refused to stop the services. The action was later certified as a class action. At trial, appellants relied on three statutes enacted to allow voluntary prayer in the schools. The district court dismissed appellees' claim, concluding that the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitutional Amendment I did not bar the states from establishing a religion. The appeals court reversed.

DISCUSSION
The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ruling because the statute intended to convey a message of state approval of prayer in the public schools, and was clearly violative of the U.S. Constitutional Amendment I.

CONCLUSION
The Court affirmed the appeals court judgment; since the statute was intended to convey a message of state approval of prayer in the public schools, it was clearly violative of the U.S. Constitutional Amendment I.

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