Truancy

The Sixth Circuit ruled against parents asking the court to prevent a school district from charging them with truancy if they remove their autistic son from its school for a second time so that he can receive specialized care. The parents were convicted of truancy the first time they removed their child to the private therapy program, where their son showed signs of improvement. 

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Neighborhood Mosque

A city in Michigan properly negotiated a consent decree to permit the construction of a mosque in a residential neighborhood, the Sixth Circuit ruled. Citizens’ First Amendment rights were not violated when the mayor cut off public comments that were irrelevant to zoning considerations, such as commenters’ preference not to “live near Muslims.”

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Abortion Protester Wins Appeal

An anti-abortion protester is entitled to an injunction allowing him to to stand near the entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The court found that the street connected to the abortion clinic’s parking lot is privately owned, but it “has all the trappings of a public street” and can be considered a public forum.

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