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Lee v. Weisman

In Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 (1992), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a prayer at a public high school was unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause because of "subtle coercive pressure."

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the decision for the 5-4 majority, supported by a the liberal wing that included Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Byron White, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.