Appeals Court Will Not Rehear Pledge Case

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court says it will not rehear a
case in which it let stand most of a Florida law requiring public
school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

An appeals court judge had asked the full court to rehear the case, but the majority of the judges declined to do so Monday. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled in July that a part of the law requiring students and other "civilians" to stand during the pledge is unconstitutional.

But they left standing provisions that require students to recite the pledge every morning unless excused by a parent's note.

One of the court's 12 justices wanted to rehear the case. A majority must agree for a rehearing.

The case could still be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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