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Byrne v. Rutledge

Last Updated: 6/2/2020

Overview

Summary

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued a ruling striking down a Vermont motor vehicles statute prohibiting personalized license plates with messages that refer to “religion” or “deity.” Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit against Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles officials in 2005.on behalf of Shawn Byrne, whose application for a personalized plate with the letters and number "JN36TN" - a reference to the Bible verse John 3:16--was denied because it “refers to deity.”

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Biographies

Jeremy Tedesco

Senior Counsel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Engagement

Jeremy Tedesco serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of communications for Alliance Defending Freedom.

David A. Cortman

Senior Counsel, Vice President of U.S. Litigation

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom.

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