Retired Supreme Court Justice O'Connor visits SC - WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

Retired Supreme Court Justice O'Connor visits SC

Posted: Updated:

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says issues involving the separation of church and state are always going to be some of the most difficult issues in the law and there's no quick test for deciding such cases.

The first woman appointed to the Supreme Court addressed a symposium Monday at the Charleston School of Law. The event focused on a constitutional test she proposed in a Supreme Court ruling back in 1984.

The endorsement test proposed that government action can violate the First Amendment's separation of church and state if a reasonable observer sees the action as either endorsing or disapproving religion.

But O'Connor says there's no grand unified theory for deciding such cases, which courts will always have to wrestle with on a case-by-case basis.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

ABCNews4 WCIV-TV

888 Allbritton Dr.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-881-4444 | Advertising Information

Public Information File

For assistance with accessing WCIV-TV's public information file, click here.

Advertising

Advertising Credit Application and Terms and Conditions PDF.

Powered by WorldNow
All content Copyright © 2014 WCIV and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.