U.S. Supreme Court slated to consider appeal this Thursday
MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: The Supreme Court has denied review - update here.
Scotusblog has the scoop here. Anglican Curmudgeon has his thoughts here.
Gauss v. The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Docket: 11-1139 Issue(s): Whether the First Amendment, as interpreted by this Court in Jones v. Wolf, requires state civil courts to enforce an alleged trust imposed on local church property by provisions in denominational documents, regardless of whether those provisions would be legally cognizable under generally applicable rules of state property and trust law.
In addition, the Timberridge Presbyterian Church also is petitioning the Supreme Court on Thursday:
Timberridge Presbyterian Church, Inc. v. Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
Docket: 11-1101 Issue(s): Whether the “neutral principles” doctrine embodied in the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment permits imposition of a trust on church property when the creation of that trust violates the state’s property and trust laws.