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Gordon v. Idaho

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
778 F.2d 1397 (1985)


George K. Gordon (plaintiff) sued the state of Idaho (defendant) for alleged violations of his civil rights. At trial, the judge ordered Gordon to swear to or affirm the truthfulness of his testimony in specific words. Gordon refused to do so because of his well-established religious beliefs. The judge dismissed Gordon's suit and Gordon appealed to United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Gordon argued the judge erred in dismissing the suit because he failed to swear or affirm in prescribed language. In his appellate brief, Gordon affirmed that he understood his obligation to testify truthfully, under penalty of perjury.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Pregerson, J.)

Dissent (Weigel, J.)

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