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Pelphrey v. Cobb County, 0713611

In a case brought by seven county taxpayers to enjoin county commissions from opening their meetings with a prayer offered by volunteer clergy or other members of the community representing different faiths, decision that the prayers do not violate the Establishment Clause is affirmed where: 1) there was no clear error in the district court's decisions that applying the Marsh v. Chambers standard, the practice of the county commission had not been exploitive and the practice of one of the commissions had been exploitive during 2003 and 2004; and 2) the court refused "to embark on a sensitive evaluation or to parse the content of a particular prayer".

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/28/2008
  • Published 10/28/2008



  • United States Eleventh Circuit


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