UPDATE ON LEGAL PROCEEDINGS February 12, 2010
The Attorney General of Virginia has now filed a brief on behalf of The Falls Church and Truro Church. Click HERE to view this new brief.
PREVIOUS UPDATE FEB. 2:
The legal team has provided copies of our legal briefs, which were filed on February 1, 2010, with the Virginia Supreme Court. The Falls Church is grateful for the hard work by many, both our own parishioners Steffen Johnson and Scott Ward, and the other lawyers working in collaboration with them. We are also grateful for God’s grace in giving us a good record and well-reasoned decisions to defend.
For the brief filed in response to the appeal of the Diocese of Virginia (Diocese), LINK HERE.
For the brief filed in response to the appeal of the Episcopal Church (ECUSA)LINK HERE .
Our position in the appeal was also supported by “friend of the court” briefs from two organizations.
The first brief (LINK HERE) was filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and was authored by Michael McConnell—now head of the Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center, and a former U.S. Court of Appeals judge.
The second brief (LINK HERE) was filed by the American Anglican Council, the Presbyterian Lay Committee, and the Association for Church Renewal, and was authored by Kenneth Starr—now dean at Pepperdine and a former Solicitor General and U.S. Court of Appeals judge—as well as Professor Bob Cochran there and Kevin Marshall and Christopher Smith of the Jones Day law firm.
These are both excellent briefs, and nicely complement ours. The Becket Fund brief addresses the constitutional issues in depth. The AAC brief addresses the issue of denominational “trusts” in depth.
We now wait for the other side to file their reply briefs (probably late this month), and for the oral argument schedule (probably the week of April 12, but perhaps the week of June 7).
As new information becomes available we will provide updates here on the website.