Ninth Circuit Forbids School Board Invocations
and Censors Private Citizens
Chino, CA —Today, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the Chino Valley Unified School District board policy that allows invocations before the start of school board meetings is a violation of the Establishment Clause. The Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals came to a different conclusion in 2017 in American Humanist Association v. McCarty.
The Ninth Circuit further affirms the District Court’s injunction that enjoins the CVUSD school board members “from conducting, permitting or otherwise endorsing school sponsored prayer in Board meetings.”
“This requires the Board to censor or otherwise remove individuals who attempt to say a prayer, or anything that might resemble a prayer, during the public comment period,” said Robert Tyler of Tyler & Bursch, LLP and legal counsel for CVUSD. “Such an overbroad injunction is a clear violation of the right of private citizens to address their local representatives in public meetings and is dangerous to the First Amendment... read more
Tyler & Bursch Acquires
Giardinelli Law Group!
We are excited to announce that we are acquiring The Giardinelli Law Group. John V. Giardinelli is the principal, founding attorney, and senior member of The Giardinelli Law Group. John and his wonderful staff will now be working with Tyler & Bursch. Our growing firm now has eight attorneys and fourteen administrative and legal staff working on behalf of our clients.
John has experience in transactions and litigation in real estate, business, and employment law. He also has a background in land use, contract law, and corporate law. His practice is currently focused on real estate and business law. John’s notable experience allows him to provide powerful representation and comprehensive legal advice to his clients. With the breadth of experience he brings, John will be a great asset to our clients and a great mentor to our younger attorneys. John is also focused on using his experience to benefit others through his mediation practice... read more
AB 2943 – What Happened and
Despite all of our prayers, last week the California State Senate Judiciary Committee voted to side with the LGBT Caucus in targeting and punishing individuals who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle.
Under AB 2943, it is okay for an adult to seek therapy to affirm their same-sex attraction, but it will be illegal to pay for help and counseling to explore leaving the homosexual lifestyle. The LGBT Caucus wants to tells us that this type of counseling is fraudulent and causes severe psychological harm. They say homosexuals cannot change.
Yet, just the day before the vote, almost 30 former homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders presented a book of stories to all the members of the State Senate Judiciary Committee. Changed #oncegay is a compilation of nearly 40 of their personal experiences of leaving the homosexual lifestyle and the help and hope they received through the counseling the bill claims is harmful... read more
AB 2943 – What Happened and
What’s Next? (listen to the interview)
Attorney Nada Higuera interviewed on "The Jen and Don Show" regarding State Senate Bill AB 2943.
Crisis pregnancy centers can’t be forced to give abortion info, a judge rules
California cannot force pro-life pregnancy centers to give their clients contact information for abortion providers, a Riverside County Superior Court judge ruled Monday, Oct. 30.
Judge Gloria Trask issued an injunction preventing the state attorney general from enforcing the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act, which requires state-licensed reproductive health clinics to inform clients that public programs provide free or low-cost family planning services, including abortions...
Judge Halts California Law Forcing Pro-Lifers to Advertise Abortions
Monday’s ruling placed a permanent injunction on the law. It would have applied to over 200 privately funded pregnancy centers, which offer free alternatives to abortion.
Scott Scharpen, the head administrator of “Go Mobile For Life,” a mobile ultrasound unit that serves women in Riverside County, praised the ruling...
BIG WIN: Judge Halts California Law Forcing Pro-Lifers to Advertise Abortions
Unlike the previous appeals—which appealed to the U.S. Constitution—Scharpen and his legal team of Tyler & Bursch, LLP and Advocates for Faith & Freedom had appealed to the court on the basis that the law violates California’s 1849 Declaration of Rights, which guarantees the “individual freedom of mind”...
Judge Blocks California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions
In a major victory for free speech, Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask ruled late Monday that California must not force pro-life pregnancy medical clinics to post signage promoting state-covered abortions to...
Unconstitutional: Court Orders State Attorney General Not to Enforce California’s Reproductive FACT Act
Riverside County, CA: Yesterday, Judge Gloria Trask granted an injunction against the California State Attorney General and he is now prevented from enforcing the Reproductive FACT Act.
The judge issued her ruling in a lawsuit filed in Riverside County Superior Court by The Scharpen Foundation challenging the California statute that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to provide their patients with the contact information for local abortion clinics. In its decision, the Court found that “the Reproductive FACT Act violates Article I, Section 2 of the California Constitution”...