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Freiler et al. v. Tangipahoa Parish Board of Education et al.
On April 19, 1994, the school board of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana voted to require its teachers to read a "disclaimer" before discussing the subject of evolution. This disclaimer read:
Three parents of Tangipahoa students filed suit, and on August 8, 1997, District Judge Marcel Livaudais ruled that the disclaimer was unconstitutional. The school board appealed, but a Fifth Circuit appeals panel upheld the district ruling on August 13, 1999 and the circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc on January 24 of the following year. The Supreme Court declined to review the case on June 19, 2000; Justices Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas dissented from this decision.
All the legal documentation available to us for this case is provided at the bottom of this page. It is arranged in chronological order.