June brought plenty of big surprises from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), with a major one being the reversal of a case involving prayer.
In what came as a shock to some observers on Thursday, SCOTUS summarily reversed a lower court ruling in the lawsuit, Sause v. Bauer – a 2013 case that was originally brought to court in Louisburg, Kansas.
Stephanie Taub, an attorney serving with First Liberty Institute – the legal group that co-represented Sause – provided some details from the case.
"Two police officers came to the door of Mary Anne Sause's apartment," Taub recounted. "She's a devout Catholic, and these police officers intimidated her and harassed her and ordered her to stop praying in her own home.”
She was pleased to divulge the final outcome of the lawsuit.
“[On Thursday,] the Supreme Court ruled in her favor, holding that everyone is entitled to the constitutional right to pray," Taub announced.
An appellate court had ruled that the officers – who entered Sause's home to investigate an alleged noise complaint – were entitled to qualified immunity.
"So, we were elated that the Supreme Court recognized the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens like Miss Sause, and that her constitutional rights should not be ignored, because no American should be told they cannot pray in their home," Taub insisted. "This decision holds – it protects everybody's constitutional rights, and it shows that she is entitled to her day in court."
She responded with gratitude to the SCOTUS decision
"I am thankful that God provided me attorneys who fought this tremendous legal battle on my behalf," Sause expressed.