Minersville School District v. Gobitis
|Minersville School District v. Gobitis|
|Court||Supreme Court of the United States|
|Date decided||June 3, 1940|
|Appealed from||3rd Circuit|
|West Virginia v. Barnette|
Walter Gobitis was a Jehovah's Witness with two school children in the 1930s.
Minersville Area School District was a largely Roman Catholic town in Pennsylvania in the 1930s.The school superintendent expels the 2 Gobitis school children for failing to salute the American flag.
A legal counsel from the Jehovah's Witnesses group filed a lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of the Gobitis family. Gobitis contended that his free excercise clause and freedom from cruel & unusual punishment (under the 8th Amendment) had been violated.
Albert Maris (1893 – 1989) was the trial judge.Both the trial court and the 3rd Circuit rule in favor of Gobitis.