OA14: You Be The Supreme Court, Part 1

In this episode, we try something a little bit different.  Instead of simply analyzing a case, we let you play the role of Supreme Court Justice working your way through a difficult case that is currently pending before the Court:  Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley.

You’ll learn what kind of cases make their way to the Supreme Court, and, in this episode, take a look at the Petitioner’s brief seeking to overturn the lower court’s decision to deny Trinity Lutheran Church the opportunity to participate in a Missouri program that recycles tires into playground surfaces.

In our opening segment, we answer a listener question about age being a protected class.  In our closing segment, “Closed Argument” returns with a Wyoming judge who’d like to remain a judge but not do her job.  (That’s a bad thing.)

Be sure to turn in next week for Part 2 of “You Be The Supreme Court!” when we turn to the state’s case.

Show Notes & Links

  1. All of the briefs filed in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley are online.
  2. The Petitioner’s opening brief can be found here.
  3. Here’s an NBC News story on Wyoming Judge Ruth Neely.
  4. And here’s the same story, but from the perspective of the WyomingTribuneEagle.

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