Freedom of Religion Project

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  • Wallace vs Jaffree
  • Lawsuit filed by Ishmael Jaffree on May, 1972
  • Law Suit 
  • Ishmael Jaffree sued a public school in Mobile, Alabama in which his three children attended. Stated that the children had experienced acts of religious indoctrination and that teachers led their classes in saying daily prayers. Jaffree's repeatedly requested that the religious activities be stopped.
  • District Court 
  • District court ruled in favor of the state that daily prayer in the classroom should be allowed. 
  • Appellate Court- December 4, 1984
  • Court of appeals reversed the ruling, saying silent prayer was unconstitutional. 
  • Important Terms 
  • Unconstitutional- Not subject to any conditions.  Injunction- An authoritative warning or order.  Declaratory Judgement - Legal declaration of a court that resolves legal uncertainty for the litigants. 
  • Supreme Court- June 4, 1985 
  • Ruled 6-3 against the state of Alabama, claiming it violated constitutional principle by forcing students to have silent prayer. 
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