An attorney for Mary Ann Souse, a devout Catholic resident of Louisburg, Kansas, told Big League Politics that officers of the Louisburg Police Department were acting under the color of the law when they forced Souse to stop praying inside her own home in late 2013.
“We want the Supreme Court to verify to Americans that our First Amendment rights are important, ” said Stephanie N. Taub,, counsel with the First Liberty Institute, the largest legal institution in America dedicated to protecting religious liberty.
A First Liberty press release says that police responded to a minor noise complaint at Sause’s home in late 2013, harassed her, and forced her to stop praying.
Subsequently, Sause filed a lawsuit against the police officers, the chief of police and city officials.
Sause’s petition claims that officers forced her to stop praying simply to harass her, and not to further any legitimate law enforcement purpose. The officers allegedly told Sauce that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were just a piece of paper, and that they did not work here.
The officer also threatened her by saying that their encounter was going to be on the TV program “COPs,” and for her to get ready, because she was going to jail.
First Liberty, a non-profit, is representing Souse along with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a global law firm working the case on a pro bono basis.
Friday, Sause’s legal team asked the Supreme Court to review or summarily reverse the ruling of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which granted the officers qualified immunity, a doctrine that protects public officials from civil liability, provided that the officials did not knowingly violate any statutory or Constitutional rights.
The legal team esxpcts a decision from the Court in a few months, according to First Liberty.
“The Tenth Circuit’s opinion assumed the police officers violated Ms. Sause’s constitutional rights when they mocked her, humiliated her, and ordered her to stop praying in her home,” said Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty in the press release.
Kansas University School of Law Professor Richard E. Levy, clarified the Tenth Circuit’s ruling, told Big League Politics that the officers must know that they are violating a clearly established Constitutional right at the time of the incident, in order to be denied qualified immunity.
“The question for the Supreme Court will be whether the police officers clearly understood their conduct to be in violation of [Ms. Sause’s] First Amendment rights at the time of the event,” Levy said.
Louisburg Police Chief Timothy Bauer refused to comment, said to Big League Politics, “Our legal counsel has advised us not to make comments during the legal proceedings.”
The Department of Justice posted this definition of deprivation of rights under color of law:
- Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.
The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
President Trump Announces New 1776 Commission to Promote Patriotic Education in Nation’s Schools
An alternative to leftist brainwashing.
President Donald Trump announced the formation of a new ‘1776 Commission’ during a speech at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, creating a new commission that will work to instill principles of patriotic and pro-American education in defiance to left-wing school and university systems.
The President spoke of the need for the new commission in light of the vision championed by the cultural left, citing the New York Times’ 1619 Project and ‘critical race theory’ anti-white teachings pervasive throughout Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies. (The President issued an executive order banning critical race theory brainwashing at the beginning of the month.)
The 1776 Commission will work to promote patriotic education and defend American heritage and character. It’s likely the organization will create curriculum that celebrates the American legacy, as leftists in public school and university systems work relentlessly to attack it.
“Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character,” Trump said of the Commission’s goals. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”
“These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations,” Trump said. “Whether it is the mob in the street or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: To silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life.”
“We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” the president continued.
The President understands that conservatives and patriots must fight for cultural power as they do for political power, an pressing priority for conservatives who desire to fight back against the cultural left’s domination of the educational world.
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