The hotly-debated national issue of school prayer took another twist
recently when the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith filed an
amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 7th Circuit in a case involving an Indiana teacher
who allegedly held prayer sessions each day before school began.
The league asked the court to uphold a previous decision which
barred teachers from conducting formal prayer services in school
The case grew out of prayer meetings conducted every Tuesday
morning which included eight Evansville teachers. The
Evansville-Vandenburgh school board banned the practice and that
decisions was upheld by the U.S. District Court in Evansville.
The teachers appealed.
In filing the appeal, Seymour D. Reich, the league's national
civil rights chairman, said "religious services on school premises at
times associated with the school day give the appearence of
government endorsement of religion, which is contrary to the
constitutional seperation of church and state."
Reich also said the prayer group sought the backing of the school
system by advertising for new members through the school's
newsletter. . .
- Parents of children who were abused at a private day-care
facility have been allowed to sue the county in which it was located
for licensing the center, according to a recent issue of Lawyer's
The monthly newsletter said the suit was allowed by the Minnesota
Court of Appeals, which overruled a lower court's decision in the
Since the licensing system in Minnesota is similar to those used
for day-care centers in many other states, the case could serve as an
important precedent around the country. Attorneys who represent
abused children may cite it in other jurisdictions because of the
potential for collecting a large recovery from a "deep pocket"
In the case, the parents accused the county of negligence in
supervising, inspecting and licensing the center. They claimed
county officials failed to investigate earlier complaints about the
center and did not run a police check on the owner's retarded adult
son, who lived on the premises and allegedly abused the children. . .
- Tax attorney Richard B. Kells will address the Oklahoma City
Tax Lawyers Breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Main Course
restaurant, located on the Concourse Level of the Liberty Bank Tower. …