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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Wallace v. Jaffree
Citation:472 U.S. 38, 105 S.Ct. 2479, 86 L.Ed.2d 29 (1985).
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In 1978, Alabama enacted a statute authorizing a 1-minute period of silence “for meditation or voluntary prayer.” Jaffree filed suit on behalf of his 3 children, all of whom attended public schools in Mobile County, Alabama. He maintained that his children had experienced acts of religious indoctrination, despite multiple requests that these religious activities cease. Defendant argued that the moment of silence lacked the coerciveness of a read prayer requiring active participation.
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