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Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Michele Musto
April 7, 2011 (540) 338-5600

Supreme Court of Mississippi
Issues Stay to Preserve Homeschoolers’ Privacy

PURCELLVILLE, Va.—Today, the Supreme Court of Mississippi granted the Emergency Motion to Vacate or Stay Judge Joe Dale Walker’s March 23 order that required school attendance officers in the Thirteenth District to provide him with the names and addresses of all homeschoolers in the district.

The Supreme Court’s order gives Judge Walker until April 18 to respond. The response must “specifically (address) the issue of under what authority the March 23, 2011 order was issued.” In the meantime the order may not be enforced.

HSLDA associated with Mississippi lawyer Sharkey Burke of Anderson, Crawley & Burke, pllc in Ridgeland to file an emergency writ of prohibition in the Supreme Court of Mississippi on April 5 asking the Supreme Court to declare Judge Walker’s order to be void.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court acted so quickly to grant the emergency petition,” said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA. “We believe that the order was an inappropriate use of judicial power.”

For more information, contact Michele Musto at (540) 338-5600.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 28-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.