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The Falls Church v. The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Petition for certiorari denied on March 10, 2014
Op. Below Argument
Issue: (1) Whether the First Amendment permits civil
courts to retroactively impose a “trust” on church
property based on church canons that were never
embodied in any secular instrument of property ownership
and did not comply with state law at the time
of their adoption; (2) whether the Contracts Clause permits civil
courts resolving church property disputes to apply
changes to state statutory law retroactively. SCOTUSblog Coverage
Date Proceedings and Orders Aug 30 2013 Application (13A235) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from September 12, 2013 to October 9, 2013, submitted to The Chief Justice. Sep 4 2013 Application (13A235) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until October 9, 2013. Oct 9 2013 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 8, 2013) Oct 22 2013 Waiver of right of respondent The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia to respond filed. Oct 25 2013 Waiver of right of respondent The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America to respond filed. Nov 8 2013 Brief amici curiae of The Anglican Church in North America, et al. filed. Nov 8 2013 Brief amicus curiae of Presbyterian Lay Committee filed. Nov 8 2013 Brief amici curiae of St. James Anglican Church, et al. filed. Nov 8 2013 Brief amicus curiae of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed. Nov 8 2013 Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioner. Nov 20 2013 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 6, 2013. Nov 21 2013 Response Requested . (Due December 23, 2013) Dec 6 2013 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 30, 2013. Dec 30 2013 Brief of respondent The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia in opposition filed. Jan 8 2014 Reply of petitioner The Falls Church, aka The Church at the Falls - The Falls Church filed. Jan 8 2014 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 24, 2014. Feb 10 2014 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 21, 2014. Feb 24 2014 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 28, 2014. Mar 3 2014 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of March 7, 2014. Mar 10 2014 Petition DENIED.