Wallace v. Jaffree
Significance, Court Strikes Down "minute Of Silence" Law As Impermissible State Sponsorship Of Religion
George C. Wallace, Governor of Alabama
That public schools can provide students with a minute of silence each day for purposes of meditation or prayer without violating the doctrine of church-state separation.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
John S. Baker, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Ronnie L. Williams
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court)
Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
4 December 1984
The Supreme Court struck down the Alabama "moment of silence" statute.
- Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962).
- Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963).
- Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).
- Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984).
Eastland, Terry. Religious Liberty in the Supreme Court. Washington, DC: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1993.
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