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Ninth Circuit Rejects Football Coach’s Midfield Prayer Suit (1)

March 18, 2021, 4:55 PMUpdated: March 18, 2021, 9:28 PM

A Washington state school district didn’t violate the U.S. Constitution or federal workplace discrimination law by placing a high school football coach on administrative leave when he refused to stop praying at the 50-yard line immediately after his team’s games, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.

Joseph Kennedy’s attorneys said they plan to appeal the decision, which is his second loss before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The U.S. Supreme Court previously declined to hear Kennedy’s case, with Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Clarence Thomas, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Neil M. Gorsuch signaling that ...

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