Still No Ruling in the Clergy Housing Allowance Case
Still No Ruling in the Clergy Housing Allowance Case
After nearly six months, a decision still may be weeks—even months—away. Here’s why.
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Another explanation for the timing includes the inner workings of the judicial process.

“Written appellate decisions can be very slow in coming,” said Sally Wagenmaker, an attorney with Wagenmaker & Oberly in Chicago and president and chairperson of the Christian Legal Society.

Noel Sterett, an attorney at Dalton & Tomich in Chicago, said he wasn’t surprised by the timing, either. Sterett argued a religious land use case in early November before the Seventh Circuit, a week after the housing allowance case’s oral arguments took place—yet the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in the religious land use case in January. That could mean a housing allowance decision is imminent, he said. “[But] to give you another possible measure, the Seventh Circuit took a year to issue [its] recent ruling in the Chicago abortion buffer zone case, which was argued in February 2018 and decided in February 2019,” Sterett added.

Posted: March 12, 2019

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