Marsh v. Chambers (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 463 U.S. 783 (1983)
Frank Marsh, Nebraska State Treasurer, et al.
That prayer led by a publicly paid chaplain to open Nebraska legislature sessions should not be found in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause due to its historical and secular role.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Shanler D. Cronk
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Herbert J. Friedman
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
5 July 1983
Upheld the state of Nebraska's claim and overturned two lower courts' decisions prohibiting legislative prayer and its public funded support.
The ruling found legislative prayer not in violation of the First Amendment based on an...
(The entire section is 2005 words.)
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