Monks Suing For Right to Sell Caskets Set for Trial on Monday
From: NOLA.com – A federal lawsuit brought by St. Tammany Parish monks fighting for their right to sell handcrafted caskets to the public without a state license is set to go to trial Monday in New Orleans.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled in April that lawyers representing monks from St. Joseph Abbey near Covington could attempt to prove in court that a state law restricting casket sales to licensed funeral directors amounts to unconstitutional economic protectionism.
The monks’ legal team, from the Virginia-based Institute of Justice, seeks to have that statute stricken. It expects the bench trial to last through the middle of next week, said Jeffrey Rowes, the group’s senior lawyer.
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