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Today in Supreme Court History: November 6, 1989

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11/6/1989: Employment Division v. Smith argued.

Employment Division of Oregon

 

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3 responses to “Today in Supreme Court History: November 6, 1989

  1. For the non lawyers who read it, I wish these posts about important cases came with a 3 sentence blurb/summary why we care.

    1. My experience has been that the links themselves are useless to us non-lawyers. All you can do is copy the case name into google. About half the time, the summary of the Wikipedia result is al I want to know.

      1. Here, for instance, the first half of the summary is all you need to know:

        Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872, is a United States Supreme Court case that held that the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for violating a state prohibition on the use of peyote, even though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual.

        And if Josh wanted to provide his own summary, it could be stripped down further:

        Held that the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for violating a state prohibition on the use of peyote, even though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual.