School Closures

The Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of nine Christian schools challenging Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s resolution closing every school in the county for in-person education for grades 7-12. The court granted the schools an injunction, finding that the closure orders violate their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

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Religious Speech

In a First Amendment dispute, a federal court in Tennessee ruled against three “preachers” moved by officers from the entrance of a park during an LGBTQ festival. The three, who confronted festival-goers and used an amplification system to spout slurs, were moved from the park to a sidewalk because of their actions, not the content of their message, the court ruled.

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Border Patrol

The Ninth Circuit ruled that Bivens remedies are available to a bed and breakfast owner who claims a border patrol agent violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights by unlawfully using his driveway to question guests, shoving and pushing him after being asked to leave, and asking the IRS to look into his tax status.

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