- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Appeals the Supreme Court refused to hear yesterday included such social issues as an Arizona city's refusal to bear the cost for a city park prayer rally, a known pedophile's molestation of a Boy Scout and a bar on parents bringing their children to a nude beach.
In disposing of cases, the justices:
Overturned a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and ordered the court to reconsider a $340 rent bill from Tucson, Ariz., for a 1997 National Day of Prayer observance in line with last term's ruling that religious groups cannot be excluded from public places when other groups with a moral viewpoint are allowed to gather. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represented Patricia and Robert Gentala, called the ruling a reassertion that "free speech includes the right to deliver a religious message."
Refused to consider reinstating Dustin Sanders' lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its Transatlantic Council in Germany on his claim that known pedophile James Dickinson was assigned as a scoutmaster to the troop in Gettysburg, Pa., where Mr. Sanders was molested for two years beginning in 1992, when he was 13.
Turned away a free-speech challenge to an Austin, Texas, law intended to protect minors from sexual predators. The law kept "naturist" parents Robert and Christine Morton from taking their three children to a nude beach called Hippie Hollow.
Declined to hear arguments by Tennessee murderer Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman that more effective counsel could have prevented a death sentence at his 1987 trial for killing a drug dealer. His attorney, Tom Goldstein of Washington, hoped the appeal would be a test case for the quality of legal help for defendants in capital cases.
Asked Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson to file administration views on a Maine law, challenged by drug companies, that allows the state to negotiate for lower prescription costs for 325,000 residents who have no insurance. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America contends the law unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce.
Denied an appeal by former Arlington, Texas, police Sgt. George Daniels, who was fired for wearing a small gold crucifix on his uniform collar.
Frank J. Murray

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