Religion Clause: Complaint Against Judge's Proselytizing Is Protected Speech; Jury Award Upheld | Modern Atheism |

In Pucci v. Somers, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144894 (ED MI, Dec. 16, 2011), a Michigan federal district court upheld a $734,000 jury verdict in favor of Julie Pucci, the former deputy administrator of a Michigan state court, against Mark Somers, the court's chief judge. Pucci claimed that the termination of her employment was in retaliation for her complaints about Somers' preaching religious beliefs from the civil court bench.