Supreme Court Declines To Hear Church's Property Appeal

Law360, New York (March 10, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a First Amendment-related property dispute between a Virginia church and its former diocese, leaving in place a lower court ruling that says the diocese owns the church's property.

The nearly 300-year-old Falls Church, which disaffiliated from the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States in 2006, had challenged a Virginia Supreme Court decision saying the church's property in downtown Falls Church, Va., was held in trust for the diocese.

Falls Church, which bought the disputed...
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