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C-SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument: Previewing Legislative Prayer Case “Marsh V. Chambers” (1983)

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Friday, September 27, 2013

On November 6, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in “Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway”:  A case about the constitutionality of prayers to open local government meetings.

And Saturday, September 28 on C-SPAN Radio’s historic Supreme Court oral argument: A case cited in briefs for “Town of Greece v. Galloway.” From 1983:  “Frank Marsh, Nebraska state treasurer and others, petitioners. V. Ernest Chambers, Nebraska independent state senator and others, respondents.”

In 1980, Nebraska state senator Chambers filed a lawsuit against the legislature's practice of beginning its session with a prayer offered by a state-supported chaplain----arguing that such practice was forbidden by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The District Court held that the prayer did not violate the Constitution---but that state support for the chaplain did. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held that both practices violated the Constitution. Both parties appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUSBLOG.com Publisher and Supreme Court attorney Tom Goldstein provides context and information And the audio and information are courtesy of the Oyez project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org.

Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:03am (ET)

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