Gobitis Brief - George Dorfman Marika Dunn Law and Politics...

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George Dorfman Marika Dunn Law and Politics September 19, 2007 Minersville School District. Bd. Of Ed. Of Minersville School District v. Gobitis 310 U.S. 586 (1940) Facts: William and Lillian Gobitis, enrolled in the Minersville public school system, were expelled from school for failure to follow through with honoring the United States flag by putting a their right hand to their heart and reciting the Pledge of Allegience, as written in Minersville School Board policy. The reason for this was because the Gobitis children were Jehovah’s witnesses, who believe that this violates the commands of the Scripture. The Gobitis children were faced with a possible jail sentence for truancy. Both the District Court and the Court of Appeals found in favor of the Gobitis children, stating the mandatory flag salutes unconstitutional. Issue: Does a school board have the legal right to mandate reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or would this act violate the rights protected within the 1 st and 14 th
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course LAW AND PO 106 taught by Professor Levine during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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