Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Walz v. Tax Commission of City of New York
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Walz (Plaintiff) owned real estate in the city of New York. Plaintiff sued in state court seeking an injunction that would prohibit the Tax Commission (Defendant) from acting upon a section of the New York Constitution that conferred an exemption from property taxes upon real estate used solely for religious purposes. Plaintiff argued that the tax exemption violated the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. The state supreme court and court of appeals granted summary judgment for Defendant. Plaintiff petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review of the state court rulings.
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