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Woman Threatened with Arrest for Praying in Her Own Home Has Day in Court

Tenth Circuit hears case in which government claims the First Amendment only protects the right to choose a religion

March 21, 2017

On March 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will hear oral arguments in a case filed by Ms. Mary Anne Sause. Police ordered Sause, a Catholic former nurse, to stop praying in her own home. In defending the police officers’ actions, the government argued that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause only “protects an individual’s right to choose a religion.” First Liberty Institute attorneys representing Sause argue that this is an incorrect statement of the Free Exercise Clause, which protects the not only the right to choose a religion, but also the right to freely exercise one’s faith. The attorneys say the outcome of the case could set a precedent affecting the First Amendment rights of every American. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on the case on Tuesday, March 21.

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WHAT: Oral arguments in Mary Anne Sause v. Timothy J. Bauer, et al.

WHO: Mary Anne Sause, Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute, and Stephanie Taub, Counsel for First Liberty Institute, will be available for comment immediately following oral arguments.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kassie Dulin, Chief Communications Officer for First Liberty Institute. Cell: 214-542-4334, Email: Backup: 972-941-4444.

WHEN: Oral arguments will begin on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 10:00 am MST

WHERE: Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1823 Stout St. Denver, CO 80202

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