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Sherbert v. Verner (docket #: 526) (1963)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Sherbert v. Verner  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 04/24/1963
Decided 6/17/1963
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
Supreme Court Ruling Free Exercise claim sustained.
IssueWhether a South Carolina law that denies unemployment compensation to a Seventh-day Adventist, who, because of her religion, has declined to work on her Sabbath, is a law "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion under the First Amendment.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Brennan, J.
Concurring Opinion Douglas, J., & Stewart, J. (concurring in the result)
Dissenting Opinion Harlan, J. (joined by White, J.)
Lower Court South Carolina Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling Free Exercise claim denied
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
William D. Donnelly

For Respondent
Daniel R. McLeod, Attorney General of South Carolina

For Amicus
Leo Pfeffer, Lewis H. Weinstein, Albert Wald, Shad Polier, Ephraim S. London, Samuel Lawrence Brennglass and Jacob Sheinkman for the Synagogue Council of America et al.

Morris B. Abram, Edwin J. Lukas, Arnold Forster, Melvin L. Wulf, Paul Hartman, Theodore Leskes and Sol Rabkin for the American Jewish Committee et al.

Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES (2nd ed., 2002), sect.
Witte, Jr., John, RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERIMENT (2000), pp. 123, 124, 132-133, 145, 227, 228, 314, 323
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