Attorney/Priest, Free Exercise of Religion


One of the more difficult free exercise of religion problems to come to the courts is the conflict that arises when an attorney who is also a ordained Roman Catholic priest claims the right to appear before a criminal jury while wearing his clerical collar. The New York Court of Appeals forbade a priest from wearing his collar, while the New York Supreme Court granted an application by an attorney/priest to wear his collar. This decision was subsequently overruled by the appellate division. This Article examines arguments in favor of allowing a priest to wear his collar. It examines the issue through the free exercise of religion decision rendered by the Supreme Court of the United States in Sherbert v. Verner.

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