Arson

Robert Doggart was improperly convicted of solicitation to commit federal arson for his planned attack on a mosque in New York because the religious building was not used in interstate commerce, as required by the underlying arson statute, the Sixth Circuit ruled. From his home in Tennessee, Doggart plotted to burn down the mosque, plans he shared with an FBI confidential informant. 

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Child Abuse Reporting

The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $35 million award in a negligence case against Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that they are exempt from mandatory child abuse reporting because “canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

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Football Coaching

A high school football coach’s conduct may have been “distasteful” and offensive but did not amount to sex-based discrimination, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The players claim the coach referred to them with the term “pussy,” portraying them as “‘feminine’ and thus seemingly less valuable teammates in the ‘masculine’ setting” of football.

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Civil Rights

A federal judge refused a school board member/legislative candidate’s request to dismiss a complaint from a school bus driver who was fired after she called the woman’s children bullies in an online post, as bullying is a subject of public interest, and the way a candidate handles it n her own family may have some bearing on the candidate’s character.

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