Priest Says DOD Furlough Violates 1st Amendment

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 3:58 PM ET) -- A Catholic priest who contracted to celebrate Mass on a U.S. Navy base in Georgia sued the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday, saying that furloughing him in the wake of the government shutdown and blocking him from the base's chapel violated his First Amendment rights. 

The Rev. Ray Leonard, who the Defense Department had hired to provide Catholic religious services on the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Ga., and Fred Naylor, a retired Navy veteran who attended Catholic services at the base's...
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Case Title

LEONARD et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE et al


Case Number

1:13-cv-01571

Court

District Of Columbia

Nature of Suit

Civil Rights: Other

Judge

Ellen S. Huvelle

Date Filed

October 14, 2013

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