Just five days after a federal jury handed up its verdict in favor of the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America in its suit against the city of Philadelphia, a potentially game-changing twist came down from on high when the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision that could ultimately cause the verdict to be overturned.
In court papers filed this week, the city lawyers are arguing that the verdict cannot stand because the Boy Scouts’ theory of the case was rejected by the Supreme Court in its June 28 decision in Christian Legal Society Chapter of University of California v. Martinez. But lawyers for the Scouts filed a response late on Wednesday that said the Martinez decision simply doesn’t apply and that the city’s reliance on it is misguided.
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