Oh, Those Guys

I just noticed that an amicus brief was filed in one of the very interesting Supreme Court cases of the new Term, Graham v. Florida, that had the following groups as clients:

Brief for the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association, the American Correctional Chaplains Association, the American Friends Service Committee, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Church Women United, the Council of Churches of the City of New York, Engaged Zen Foundation, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, Mormons for Equality and Social Justice, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, the National Council of Jewish Women, New Jersey Regional Coalition, Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Progressive Jewish Alliance, Queens Federation of Churches, Rev. Dwight Lundgren, Sister JoAnne Talarico, Trinity United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society in Support of Petitioner

It looks like pretty much everybody is there, although I think they missed the People’s Front of Judea.

The substance of the brief is provocative too — it argues that religion should inform 8th Amendment jurisprudence, an idea that I mentioned as a hypo back in this post back in 2005 — but mostly I was just amused by all the groups represented.

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