For Immediate Release
July 16, 2009
Contact: Jody Cofer
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SUPREME COURT OF KY SCHEDULES ORAL ARGUMENTS IN PUBLIC FUNDING CASE
FRANKFORT - The Supreme Court of Kentucky has scheduled oral arguments for Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) for the Kentucky Fairness Alliance (KFA) initiated legal case involving the University of the Cumberlands.
This case began in 2006 and challenges $11 million in state funds being appropriated to a private, religion-based institution.
In 2008, Ret. Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden ruled in favor of KFA’s argument that such an appropriation was prohibited under the Kentucky Constitution.
David Tachau of Tachau Meek PLC continues to represent KFA, Christina Gilgor, Rev. Dr. Pennybacker, Rev. Dr. Simmons, and the Jefferson County Teachers Association. Supporting briefs have been filed by the Kentucky Education Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Jewish Congress.
“This is an extremely important case for fair-minded Kentuckians because state-subsidized discrimination is wrong,” said Travis Myles, KFA Board Chairperson. “We believe Judge Crittenden’s ruling should be upheld.”
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