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March 12, 2012

Pray Supreme Court Accepts Case

Jim Mason is senior counsel for litigation. He and his wife have homeschooled all seven of their children. Read more >>

On March 23, 2012, the United States Supreme Court will consider whether to hear our appeal in the Loudermilk case. This case is important for protecting homeschooling families’ homes from unreasonable searches coerced by threats of taking children into custody. We will be notified of the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, March 26. While over 8,000 cases are submitted to the Supreme Court each year, the court will only accept about 100. At least four justices must agree to take the case.

In 2005, the Loudermilks were traumatized when two social service investigators and six sheriff’s deputies threatened to take their homeschooled children into state custody unless the family let the officials into their house. Because social services searched the Loudermilks’ home based on their threats to remove their children and without the required court warrant, the Loudermilks’ Fourth Amendment rights were effectively disregarded.

HSLDA sued the social services investigators and sheriff’s deputies, winning that case in 2010. In 2011, the Ninth Circuit court unaccountably ruled against HSLDA in an appeal by the sheriff’s deputies. In response, HSLDA’s litigation team submitted a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court on January 19, 2012, requesting the Court to reconsider the Ninth Circuit’s decision and uphold the Loudermilks’ Fourth Amendment rights.

Will you please join us in prayer today for the Loudermilk case? Please pray that God will move the hearts of at least four justices to express interest in the Loudermilk case and vote to hear it. Request favor for our petition and for justice to be given to the Loudermilks.

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HSLDA article: “Let Me in or I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and … I’ll Take Your Kids!”