COURT DECISIONS ... [From the Talk Origins Archives: Clicking on links below will take you to Talk Origins
Complete summaries of the trials – all of which rule against creationism in public schools.]

McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education
Read the U.S. District Court decision in which "balanced treatment" for creationism and evolution in Arkansas public school science classrooms was ruled unconstitutional.

Edwards v. Aguillard: U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Read the U.S. Supreme Court decision dealing with creationism in public school science classrooms. The majority opinions and the dissenting opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia are provided along with the amicus curiae brief filed by 72 Nobel Prize winning scientists.

Epperson v. Arkansas: U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Read the U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled unconstitutional Arkansas's law forbidding the teaching of evolution in state-supported schools.

Peloza v. Capistrano Unified School District
California public school teacher John Peloza sued his school district, claiming he should not be required to teach evolution or refrain from teaching about his religious beliefs. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against him on the substantive portions of his claim.

Daniel v. Waters
Biology teachers, parents, and National Association of Biology Teachers sued in 1975 to overturn Tennessee's "balanced treatment" law. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that requiring creationism to be taught and requiring disclaimers about evolution violated the First Amendment.

Wright v. Houston I.S.D.
Houston, Texas, students sued to prevent the school district from teaching evolution, believing it infringed their First Amendment rights. The federal courts dismissed the case for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be based.

Selman v. Cobb County School District
The decision of the district court stricking down a Cobb County, Georgia requirement that a sticker with a disclaimer be placed on all textbooks that discuss evolution. The amicus curiae brief filed by several pro-science organizations is also included.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
Dover, Pennsylvania case which a judge ruled that intelligent design is creationism, is not science, and does not belong in science classes of public schools. Documents here include the decision of the court and the complete trial transcript.