Morse v. Frederick Timeline

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2007

• March 19, 2002: The Juneau School Board upholds the suspension of Frederick.

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• April 25, 2002: Frederick sues Morse and the Juneau School District in the U.S. District Court, District of Alaska over the alleged violation of his constitutional rights.

• May 27, 2003: U.S. District Court, District of Alaska rules in favor of Morse.

• July 8, 2004: Juneau attorney Douglas Mertz submits appeal to the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals on behalf of Frederick.

• March 10, 2006: The 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals reverses lower court decision, finding Morse personally liable for violating Frederick's constitutional rights.

• May 4, 2006: It is announced that attorney Kenneth Starr, known for the Starr Report that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and his law firm have agreed to represent Morse and the Juneau School District pro bono.

• Aug. 28, 2006: Petition for a writ of certiorari is filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Morse and the Juneau School District.

• Dec. 1, 2006: The Supreme Court agrees to hear the "Bong hits 4 Jesus" case.

• Monday: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Morse v. Frederick, docket number 06-278, at 10 a.m. EST in Washington, D.C.

• Jan. 24, 2002: Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joseph Frederick holds up banner displaying "Bong hits 4 Jesus" during Olympic Torch Relay. Principal Deb Morse confiscates the banner because of its apparent drug reference and levies a 10-day suspension after a discussion on freedom of speech.





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