Judge Grants Intervention in Housing Allowance Challenge
Judge James Peterson of the federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin granted a request by several parties to "intervene" in the pending challenge by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance. The defendants allowed to intervene in the lawsuit are Bishop Edward Peecher, Chicago Embassy Church; Father Patrick Malone, Holy Cross Anglican Church; and the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The court agreed with the intervenors' claim that their direct interests in preserving the housing allowance exclusion could not adequately be represented by the US Department of Justice. The DOJ had been the sole party defending the constitutionality of the housing allowance because of its responsibility to defend federal statutes.