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En Banc Court Strikes Legislative Prayer Practice (access required)

A divided 4th Circuit upholds a decision declaring unconstitutional North Carolina county commissioners’ delivery of pointedly sectarian invocations, composed by individual commissioners, prior to commission meetings; the lawmakers’ prayer practices violate the First Amendment, the court says on rehearing en ...

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Owners’ Pipeline Suit Remanded to State Court (access required)

Plaintiff pipeline company’s references to federal regulations in their complaint alleging defendant landowners violated plaintiff’s rights under an easement and Virginia state laws, do not show a basis for federal jurisdiction, and the Norfolk U.S. District Court remands plaintiff’s suit ...

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