State pays $110,000 to settle Squirrel Hill rabbi's lawsuit
The state paid $110,000 in damages and attorneys' fees to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a Squirrel Hill rabbi over allegations the state funeral directors board interfered with his ability to conduct traditional Jewish funeral and burial rites.
An open records officer for the Department of State on Friday provided court documents to the Tribune-Review showing the amount paid.
Rabbi Daniel Wasserman of Shaare Torah Congregation in August sued the state in U.S. District Court in Scranton. He claimed the state instigated two investigations into his practices based on claims that he violated the funeral director law by conducting funerals without a license. No charges were filed, but the rabbi claims the threat of fines and possible jail time had a chilling effect on both his synagogue and its members' right to exercise their religious freedom.
The parties settled the case on Dec. 18.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- State police say escaped Armstrong County inmate has been captured
- Judge rules McCullough guilty of taking money from elderly woman’s estate
- Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
- Starkey: Garoppolo baffles Steelers
- Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
- Steelers’ reserve quarterbacks vie to secure spot behind Roethlisberger, Gradkowski
- Emails among Governor Wolf’s aides reveal concern over AG Kane
- Former Virginia Governor Gilmore joins 520 vying for presidency
- Pitt, McConnell-Serio agree to new contract through 2020-21 season
- Inside the Steelers: Rookie linebacker Chickillo continues to excel
- Warrant issued for man accused of killing Brookline woman