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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
United States v. Ballard
Citation:322 U.S. 78 (1944)
Edna and Donald Ballard were members of the I Am cult, and they claimed to have the power to heal people through their supernatural, religious beliefs. They defrauded hundreds of people into giving them money in exchange for healing. In their trial, the prosecution wanted to put the issue of the truthfulness of their beliefs to the jury. They objected, and the issue went up to the Supreme Court.
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