John Whitehead: July 27, 2012

A Phoenix man has been given a 60-day jail sentence and was fined more than $12,000 for using his private residential property to host a weekly Bible study, allegedly in violation of the city’s building codes. In coming to the defense of Michael Salman, John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute is challenging the legality of Salman’s imprisonment as a violation of his First Amendment rights to religious freedom and assembly, in addition to challenging the City’s assertion that if a person holds Bible studies or other forms of religious worship at his residence, he is required to comply with all local laws relating to an actual church that is open to the public.

John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and president of The Rutherford Institute, is part of the legal team representing Michael Salman. The Rutherford Institute is a nonprofit civil liberties organization that provides legal assistance at no charge to individuals whose constitutional rights have been threatened or violated. Information about the case can be found at The Rutherford Institute’s website, www.rutherford.org.

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