BREAKING: Dormitory Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By Appeals Court | G. Sonnenfeld

A court ruling which held the ban of dormitories as unconstitutional has been upheld on appeal. In 2007, the Village of Pomona passed laws that made the planned building of dormitories to house yeshiva students illegal.

The affected yeshiva took action, filing a lawsuit against Pomona for religious discrimination. After a bench trial, the district court overturned the new zoning laws, saying that the amendments made to the existing laws were tainted by religious animus.
Pomona appealed the ruling, arguing that the amendments were not discriminating against anyone. Now, an appeals court has upheld the district court’s ruling, in a crushing blow to Pomona.

The court case regarding Pomona’s enactment of discriminatory laws has some striking parallels to what is occurring now in Jackson Township, where a lawsuit against their own ban on dormitories is being heard in court.

Perhaps Jackson would be wise to take notice of what happened in Pomona, and sign a settlement agreeable to all, instead of continuing to tie up their legal resources and throw money into the bottomless pit of defending unconstitutional and discriminatory ordinances and laws.

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