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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Review Case of Christian School Banned from Michigan Township

April 30, 2018

School wanted Court to ensure its right to exist in its community and continue serving families and students

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review the case Livingston Christian School v. Genoa Charter Township, in which attorneys for First Liberty Institute and Covington & Burling, LLP represent Livingston Christian School. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that it is not a burden on religious exercise for a city to use its zoning laws to prevent a religious school, church, synagogue, or mosque from moving into town.

Hiram Sasser, General Counsel to First Liberty, released the following statement after the decision:

This is a deeply disappointing decision, not only because of what it means for our clients, but because it will embolden other cities and towns across the country to keep religious organizations from contributing to their community. Federal law expressly prohibits the government from using zoning laws to keep religious institutions out of their town. We are extremely disappointed the Supreme Court will allow this terrible precedent to stand. We are, however, grateful to Rob Kelner and the entire team at Covington & Burling, LLP, for their diligent efforts in seeking to protect religious freedom in this case.

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