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|More hearings to be held on controversial textbook stickers|
By BILL RANKIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/25/06
The federal appeals court in Atlanta today threw out a ruling that found unconstitutional an evolution disclaimer affixed to almost 35,000 science textbooks in Cobb County.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directed the trial judge who ordered the stickers removed from the school books to hold more evidentiary hearings on the issue.
The ruling stopped short of deciding the constitutionality of the stickers.
In January 2005, U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper ordered the removal of the evolution disclaimers after finding they conveyed an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The county complied, but then appealed that ruling.
In a 43-page decision published today, the 11th Circuit said whether it upholds or rejects Cooper's ruling depends on what evidence was before Cooper -- but the appeals court cannot tell what that evidence was.
Read it here.
The appeal court's decision is here.