Hinrichs v. Speaker of the House of Representatives

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In Hinrichs v. Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 25363 (7th Cir. Oct. 30, 2007), the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit applied a recent 5-4 conservative decision to uphold the saying of sectarian prayers by the Indiana legislature.

Specifically, the Seventh Circuit denied standing and dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction because it applied Justice Sam Alito's opinion in Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc., 127 S. Ct. 2553 (2007): "we believe that Hein requires us to revisit our preliminary determination that the plaintiffs possess the requisite standing to maintain this action."

Judge Kenneth Ripple, who had been appointed by President Ronald Reagan, wrote the opinion for the 2-1 Seventh Circuit. Judge Diane Wood, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, dissented.