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Petition of the day

The petition of the day is:


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.

Recommended Citation: Mary Pat Dwyer, Petition of the day, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 24, 2014, 10:42 PM),