TEC parties file US Supreme Court appeal in Fort Worth Case

The diocesan legal team was notified yesterday that TEC parties have filed an appeal with United States Supreme Court (USSC) asking it to review the Texas Supreme Court’s judgment in our case. This form of appeal is known as a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari (review of the case).

Historically, the USSC agrees to review only 1 in 100 of the certiorari petitions filed annually. Our attorneys believe there is little chance the Court will review our case because (1) there is no final judgment yet; (2) the USSC has no power to review issues of Texas law unless there is a violation of the U.S. Constitution; and (3) TEC’s petition asks the Court to abandon the Neutral Principles approach to church property disputes, which every state has adopted for the last 30 years.

To speed up this process, the Diocese plans to waive a response to TEC’s petition. The Court’s practice is not to grant certiorari without requesting a response first, so our “waiver” merely means that we will not file a response unless and until the Court asks for one. That way the petition goes to the justices’ chambers for a potential denial in the near future; if we file a response it delays distribution to the justices’ chambers by several months.

This filing does not affect the calendar that has been set in the 141st District Court.

(Via Email).


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3 comments on “TEC parties file US Supreme Court appeal in Fort Worth Case

  1. Christopher Johnson says:

    Kendall? Not to be all pedantic and stuff but it’s actually Fort Worth

  2. Katherine says:

    Sounds like a “Hail Mary” pass on TEC’s part, indicating they’re pretty sure they’re going to lose at the state level.

  3. SC blu cat lady says:

    Another time-wasting and money-wasting effort by TEC. This time, they are wasting the time of SCOTUS judges just having to consider the review only to be told “No”. So far, no other TEC property lawsuit has been granted review by SCOTUS. I doubt they will grant review of this one. Just more money and time wasted by TEC!!