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United States Third Circuit


FREETHOUGHT SOC'Y v. CHESTER COUNTY, 02-1765

A permanent injunction ordering the removal of a Ten Commandments plaque affixed to a courthouse in 1920 is reversed where the plaque is not "real threat," but is instead "mere shadow."

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/26/2003
  • Published 06/26/2003

Judges

  • Before:  BECKER,BARRY and BRIGHT, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • William M. McSwain (Argued), Alison D. Kehner, Michael L. Berry, Dechert, William M. Janssen (Argued), Susan M. Rabii, Amy S. Kline, Saul Ewing LLP, Philadelphia, PA, Thomas C. Abrahamsen, Office of the Chester County Solicitor, West Chester, PA, Counsel for Appellants., Alfred W. Putnam, Jr. (Argued), Kirke D. Weaver, D. Alicia Hickok, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Amicus Chester County Historic Preservation Network in Support of Appellants., D. Michael Fisher, Calvin R. Koons, John G. Knorr, III, Office of Attorney General, Appellate Litigation Section, Harrisburg, PA, Counsel for Amicus Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Support of Appellants., Robert L. Knupp, Mark A. Mateya, Knupp, Kodak & Imblum, P.C., Harrisburg, PA, Counsel for Amicus County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania in Support of Appellants., Francis J. Manion, American Center for Law and Justice, New Hope, KY, Counsel for Amicus American Center for Law and Justice in Support of Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Stefan Presser (Argued), American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Seth Kreimer, Philadelphia, PA, Peter Goldberger, Ardmore, PA, Counsel for Appellees., Burton Caine, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Amici Americans for Religious Liberty, The American Humanist Association, The American Ethical Union, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, The Unitarian Universalist Association, and The Society for Humanistic Judaism in Support of Appellees., Marc D. Stern, American Jewish Congress, New York, NY, Nancy Winkelman, Stewart M. Weintraub, O. Scott Barber, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Amicus American Jewish Congress in Support of Appellees., Ayesha N. Khan, Alex J. Luchenitser, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, DC, Steven M. Freeman, Steven C. Sheinberg, Anti-Defamation League, New York, NY, Counsel for Amici Americans United For Separation of Church and State and Anti-Defamation League in Support of Appellees.
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