Religious Services In Schools Issue Back in Court

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 03:59 PM

Churches that are fighting to continue to hold worship services in city public schools won a 10-day reprieve on Thursday when a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against the city’s ban.

The church case appeared dead after the United States Supreme Court refused in December to hear it. But in papers filed this month, the plaintiff in the case, the Bronx Household of Faith, took a different legal tack. And the judge, Loretta A. Preska of Federal District Court in Manhattan, held that because the church had demonstrated “a likelihood of success” on the merits of the new claim, the order was warranted. (See second document below.)

Judge Preska, the district court’s chief judge, had ruled in favor of the churches before, only to have her decision overturned by an appellate panel.

Read more and view the documents on City Room.


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