Pre-US Reports Printing of a Notable Case Concerning Prayer in Public Schools Signed by Justice Stevens Supreme Court of the United States. [Stevens, John Paul]. (Slip Opinion) Wallace, Governor of Alabama, Et al. v. Jaffree, Et al. [Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1985]. ii, 23, , 6, 19, , 7, , 2, 24 pp. Complete. Signature of Justice Stevens to head of first page. Light finger smudges to a few leaves, otherwise fine. $500. * In this notable case the Supreme Court ruled that an Alabama statute authorizing a one-minute period of silence in all public schools "for meditation or voluntary prayer" violated the First Amendment's establishment clause. Stevens wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by Justices Brennan, Marshall, Blackmun and Powell. Bench opinions are issued by the U.S. Supreme Court immediately after the announcement of a decision. Slip opinions are issued afterwards. Often incorporating corrections, they are the first printings of a decision intended for wide dissemination and review. After that stage the revised slip opinions are added to the latest paperback volume of U.S. Reports. A year later, that volume is printed in its final, authoritative, hardcover form.
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