Thursday, June 26, 2003
Pledge of AllieganceAmericans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a brief argueing against the Supreme Court reviewing the Pledge of Alliegance case, Newdow v. US. As you'll recall, the Ninth Circut exactly one year ago today ruled the "under God" phrase of Pledge of Alliegance an unconstitutional blending of church and state. Whatever your of my feelings on that case, AUSCS made a big mistake filling a brief opposing Supreme Court review. I learned in my Judicial Process class this summer that the filing of amicus curiae briefs during the cert granting process vastly increases the chance the case will be accepted, whether the birefs support or oppose that grant. The presence of briefs is a red flag that people actually care about hte topic, enough to spend the several thousand dollars needed to write and file one. So by opposing Supreme Court review, AUSCS is actualy making it more likely. Someone didn't do their homework.
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