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Cutter v. Wilkinson

Docket No.: 03-9877
Certiorari Granted: Oct 12 2004
Argued: March 21, 2005
Decided: May 31, 2005

Topics:

42 U.S.C. 2000, First Amendment, 1st Amendment, 21st Amendment, Civil Rights Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Commerce Clause, EPA, Equal Protection Clause, Establishment Clause, Establishment of Religion, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Free Exercise, Necessary and Proper, Second Amendment, Tenth Amendment, Title VII, privacy, separation of church and state

PartyNames: Jon B. Cutter, et al. v. Reginald Wilkinson, Director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, et al.
Petitioner: Jon B. Cutter, et al.
Respondent: Reginald Wilkinson, Director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Citation: 349 F3d 257
Supreme Court Docket

Jon B. Cutter, et al.
v.
Reginald Wilkinson, Director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, et al.
544 U.S. 709 (2005)
Question Presented:

Whether Congress violated the Establishment Clause by enacting the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc-l through § 2000cc-5, which requires state officials to lift unnecessary governmental burdens imposed on the religious exercise of institutionalized persons under their control.

Question:

Did a federal law prohibiting government from burdening prisoners' religious exercise violate the First Amendment's establishment clause?

Cutter v. Wilkinson
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 21, 2005

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Cutter, 0 vote(s) against
Vote: 9-0
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