School Board Prayer Time Splits Ninth Circuit Judges

The question of whether the en banc Ninth Circuit should take a new look a California school district’s appeal over its policy of beginning school board meetings with prayer ended with a no vote Wednesday. But the decision drew a sharp rebuke from several judges who said the appellate panel’s finding runs contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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En Banc Sixth Circuit to Rule on Government-Led Prayer

The entire Sixth Circuit heard debate Wednesday over the constitutionality of a Michigan county’s practice of opening board meetings with a commissioner-led prayer, after the court vacated a three-judge panel’s ruling against the prayer and agreed to decide the case en banc.

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