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Alabama Case Sheds Light on Court Nominee

By Alabama Public Radio

Washington, DC – A U-S Supreme Court case from two decades ago is shedding some light on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. And, the case came from Alabama. In 1985, the Supreme Court struck down an Alabama law that mandated a period of silence for meditation or voluntary prayer in schools. Roberts prepared a legal analysis for the Reagan administration, saying the ruling seemed indefensible. He says he would have no objection if the Justice Department wanted to support Congress in crafting a constitutional amendment permitting prayer.

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