9th Circuit: Trial Court Must Reconsider Permissive Intervention By Pastor Into Tax Code Challenge

Religion Clause Blog: In Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Geithner, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal district court that Pastor Michael Rodgers, a Sacramento area clergyman, has not shown he is entitled to intervene as of right as a defendant in a challenge to the constitutionality of provisions in the federal and California tax codes that allow clergy to exclude from income the parsonage allowance furnished to them.