Court balances privacy concerns in Establishment Clause discovery order

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

A Kentucky federal district court has resolved a discovery issue in the long-running case claiming that Kentucky’s funding of the Sunrise Children’s Services (formerly Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children) violates the Establishment Clause. (See prior posting.) In Pedreira v. Sunrise Children’s Services, (WD KY, Aug. 30, 2012), a Kentucky federal district court, balancing the privacy concerns of former residents with plaintiffs’ need for information, held that KBHC will be required to disclose in discovery the names of former residents who complained of religious proselytization, but not those who complained merely of religious intolerance. It will also be required to disclose names of former employees.