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Thursday, August 11, 2016


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MRFF Founder and President

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MRFF Applauds the Monumental U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Sterling Decision

On August 10, 2016, the decision on United States v. Monifa J. Sterling, Lance Corporal was filed with the Clerk's office. In a monumental 4-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces affirmed Sterling's convictions and rejected her Religious Freedom Restoration Act defense.

Lance Corporal Sterling filed the case after a 2014 court-martial that resulted in her bad-conduct discharge from the United States Marine Corps (USMC).  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of neither party and is cited in the August 10, 2016 4-1 decision on page two.

Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, Esq., President and Founder of MRFF saluted this game-changing, watershed Federal court case decision that will set precedent for future court cases:

"This monumental decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will set a massive positive precedent in support of the Constitutional separation of church and state in our U.S. military. The appellant in this case, kicked out-former marine Monifa Sterling, is a literal Poster Child as to precisely what a Bad Conduct Dischargee does to richly deserve the ignominious disgrace of receiving that Bad Conduct Discharge. MRFF is thrilled that unassailable justice has been done to affirm Sterling's appropriate punishment in this case. MRFF has over 47,000 active duty and veteran United States sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen clients who are rejoicing over the terrific news of this sensational Federal Court opinion. MRFF proudly applauds this splendid decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces."

The case is United States v. Sterling, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation's legal brief - the first Amicus Curiae brief filed in this case - was authored by attorney Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr., of Brenna Boyce, PLLC, Rochester, New York and filed on June 23, 2015, in support of neither party.

For more information in regards to this historic Federal court case and MRFF's involvement, please view MRFF's compilation of material, which is inclusive of MRFF's Amicus Curiae Brief, breakdown of the historic ruling with quotes and specific page numbers, MRFF's Senior Research Director Chris Rodda's Op-Ed, and MRFF's Demand Letter to the Department of Defense General Counsel after 10 retired generals filed an Amicus Curiae Brief.