Supreme Court won't hear appeal of student's anti-Christian lawsuit (OC Reg)
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Tuesday from a former high school student who sued his history teacher for disparaging Christianity in class in violation of his First Amendment rights.
The high court denied Chad Farnan's written demand for a review of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year that exonerated Capistrano Valley High School teacher James Corbett.
"It was not at all surprising that the Supreme Court denied review," said Corbett's attorney, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine's law school and a constitutional scholar. "The 9th Circuit decision was sound ... and made it clear he could not be held liable."
The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the Mission Viejo case – in legal terms, denial of Farnan's petition for a writ of certiorari – puts a final lid on a legal battle that spanned more than four years and raised fundamental questions about the limits of what a public school teacher can say about religion in the classroom….
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