Satanic Temple, The v. Belle Plaine, City of

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Monument intended for veterans park
Satanic Temple, The v. Belle Plaine, City of ("Satanic Temple I")
Filing Date 4/25/2019
Original Jurisdiction US District Court for the District of Minnesota
Plaintiff The Satanic Temple Inc.
Defendant City of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; Mayor Christopher Meyer; and Councillors Ben Stier, Cary Coop, Paul Chard, and Theresa McDaniel (all Terminated - July 31, 2020)
Intervenor N/A
State Minnesota
Case# 0:19-cv-01122-WMW-JFD
Original Result Dismissed (failure)
First Appeal Appealed (ongoing)
Second Appeal N/A
Final Result

Satanic Temple, Inc v. Belle Plaine, City of ("Satanic Temple II")
Filing Date 2/04/2021
Original Jurisdiction US District Court for the District of Minnesota
Plaintiff The Satanic Temple Inc.
Defendant City of Belle Plaine, MN
Intervenor N/A
State Minnesota
Case# 0:2021cv00336
Original Result Dismissed and sanctioned (failure)
First Appeal Appealed (ongoing)
Second Appeal N/A
Final Result

Satanic Temple loses court battle over placing monument in Belle Plaine

A federal judge supported Belle Plaine's objections.

By Erin Adler Star Tribune OCTOBER 8, 2021 — 12:59PM

The Satanic Temple has lost its court battle with the city of Belle Plaine four years after the religious group attempted to put a monument in the local Veterans Memorial Park.
The temple asserted in two separate lawsuits that the southwest metro city had violated its rights to free speech and free expression of religion, among other objections. But a federal judge dismissed most of those allegations in 2020 and decided in September that the city didn't breach a contract when it revoked the temple's permit to install the monument.
Belle Plaine is pleased with the court's decision, said Dawn Meyer, city administrator.
"Don't pick a fight you can't win — and that's what happened here," City Council Member Paul Chard said. "It's too bad it had to get this far."
The court's ruling came by summary judgment, not a trial.
Matthew Kezhaya, the Satanic Temple's attorney, said that the Massachusetts-based religious group has filed notices to appeal both the first case and a second, similar case that it filed.
"Our case was never heard," he said. "If the public silently watches this miscarriage of justice happen to the Satanic Temple, then it disempowers itself to credibly object when it happens to other religious minorities."

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Appeal Docket

The Satanic Temple v. City of Belle Plaine, et al | Appeal From: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Date PDF File Docket entry
9/21/2021 Document APPEARANCE filed by Matthew A. Kezhaya for Appellant The Satanic Temple w/service 09/21/2021 [5078939] [21-3079] (MAK) [Entered: 09/21/2021 12:57 PM]
9/27/2021 Document METHOD of appendix preparation filed by Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 - Separate Appendix - w/service 09/27/2021 [5081203] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 09/27/2021 05:39 PM]
09/29/2021 Document STATEMENT of issues filed by Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 - w/service 09/29/2021. [5082064] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 09/29/2021 07:46 PM]
09/29/2021 Document DESIGNATION of record, Certificate of Transcript, and Method of Appendix Preparation filed by Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081. w/service 09/29/2021 [5082065] [21-3079, 21-3081]--[Edited 09/30/2021 by CRJ. ENTRY EDITED TO ADD ADDITIONAL NOTICES.] (MAK) [Entered: 09/29/2021 07:48 PM]
09/29/2021 Document DESIGNATION of record, Certificate of Transcript, and Method of Appendix Preparation filed by Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081. w/service 09/29/2021 [5082066] [21-3079, 21-3081]--[Edited 09/30/2021 by CRJ. ENTRY IS SAME AS 5082065 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FOOTER CHANGE FROM STATEMENT OF ISSUES TO DESIGNATION OF RECORD.] (MAK) [Entered: 09/29/2021 07:51 PM]
10/14/2021 Document MOTION for extension of time to file brief until 12/06/2021, filed by Attorney Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya for Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 w/service 10/14/2021. [5087411] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 10/14/2021 05:29 PM]
10/15/2021 Document CLERK ORDER:Granting [5087411-2] motion for extension of time to file brief filed by Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya. Brief of The Satanic Temple due 12/06/2021. Appendix due on 12/06/2021. [5087443] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 10/15/2021 08:30 AM]
11/10/2021 Document CORPORATE disclosure statement filed by Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081. - FOR CAL [5096756] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 11/10/2021 05:53 PM]
11/16/2021 Document MOTION for extension of time to file brief until 01/05/2022, filed by Attorney Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya for Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 w/service 11/16/2021. [5098135] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 11/16/2021 02:19 PM]
11/16/2021 Document CLERK ORDER:Granting [5098135-2] motion for extension of time to file brief filed by Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya. Brief of The Satanic Temple due 01/05/2022. Appendix due on 01/05/2022. [5098325] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 11/16/2021 04:58 PM]
12/17/2021 N/A RECORD FILED - MOTION TRANSCRIPT, 1 volumes, Comments: District Court document #119 [Copy do not return to the District Court at end of case], Source Location: USDC / MN, Dt. of Proceeding/Hearing: 12/17/2020, No. of Pgs.: 40, Court Reporter: Simpson, Christine A.

[5109074] [21-3079, 21-3081] (STL) [Entered: 12/17/2021 08:25 AM]

12/17/2021 N/A RECORD FILED - MOTION TRANSCRIPT, 1 volumes, Comments: District Court document #120 [Copy do not return to the District Court at end of case], Source Location: USDC / MN, Dt. of Proceeding/Hearing: 04/27/2021, No. of Pgs.: 74, Court Reporter: Simpson, Lori Ann

[5109075] [21-3079, 21-3081] (STL) [Entered: 12/17/2021 08:27 AM]

12/22/2021 Document MOTION for extension of time to file brief until 02/04/2022, filed by Attorney Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya for Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 w/service 12/22/2021. [5110760] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 12/22/2021 02:16 PM]
12/22/2021 Document CLERK ORDER:Granting in Part [5110760-2] motion for extension of time to file brief filed by Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya [5110896] Brief of The Satanic Temple due 01/21/2022. Appendix due on 01/21/2022 [5110896] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 12/22/2021 04:53 PM]
01/21/2022 Document locked APPELLANT brief of The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 submitted for review. The time for filing the subsequent brief (if any) does not begin to run until the brief has been approved and filed. To open/view this brief, you must first login to CM/ECF and then open the document link in your Notice of Docket Activity. Only direct recipients on accounts can open this document. [5119652] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 01/21/2022 06:50 PM]
01/21/2022 Document locked Addendum of APPELLANT submitted for review by The Satanic Temple in 21-3079. To open/view this addendum, you must first login to CM/ECF and then open the document link in your Notice of Docket Activity. [5119653] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 01/21/2022 06:51 PM]
01/24/2022 Document Brief deficiency notice sent to counsel, Attorney Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya for Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079. [5119753] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 01/24/2022 09:27 AM]
01/24/2022 Document ADDENDUM of APPELLANT FILED by Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 , w/service 01/24/2022 [5119766] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 01/24/2022 09:34 AM]
01/28/2022 Document locked APPELLANT brief of The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 submitted for review. The time for filing the subsequent brief (if any) does not begin to run until the brief has been approved and filed. To open/view this brief, you must first login to CM/ECF and then open the document link in your Notice of Docket Activity. Only direct recipients on accounts can open this document. [5121956] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 01/28/2022 04:17 PM]
01/31/2022 Document BRIEF FILED - APPELLANT BRIEF filed by The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081. w/service 01/31/2022 , Length: 12,964 words

10 COPIES OF PAPER BRIEFS (WITHOUT THE APPELLATE PDF FOOTER) FROM The Satanic Temple due 02/07/2022 WITH certificate of service for paper briefs. Brief of Paul Chard, City of Belle Plaine, Cary Coop, Theresa McDaniel, Christopher Meyer and Ben Stier due on 03/02/2022 [5122392] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 01/31/2022 02:58 PM]

02/03/2022 Document MOTION for extension of time to file brief until 04/01/2022, filed by Attorney Mr. Monte Mills for Appellees Mr. Paul Chard, City of Belle Plaine, Mr. Cary Coop, Ms. Theresa McDaniel, Mr. Christopher Meyer and Mr. Ben Stier in 21-3079, Attorney Mr. Monte Mills for Appellee City of Belle Plaine in 21-3081 w/service 02/03/2022. [5123755] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MM) [Entered: 02/03/2022 01:03 PM]
02/03/2022 Document CLERK ORDER:Granting 5123755-2 motion for extension of time to file brief filed by Mr. Monte Mills. Brief of Paul Chard, City of Belle Plaine, Cary Coop, Theresa McDaniel, Christopher Meyer and Ben Stier due 04/01/2022. [5123788] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 02/03/2022 02:25 PM]
02/07/2022 N/A RECORD FILED - APLNT/PET APPENDIX, 2 volumes, Comments: 3 Sets of Appellant's 2 Volume Appendix

[5125008] [21-3079, 21-3081] (AMT) [Entered: 02/08/2022 10:33 AM]

02/07/2022 N/A Paper copies Appellant/Petitioner Brief, [5122392-2] filed by The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 10 paper copies received. w/Addendum attached

[5125014] [21-3079, 21-3081] (AMT) [Entered: 02/08/2022 10:35 AM]

04/01/2022 Document locked APPELLEE brief of City of Belle Plaine in 21-3079, 21-3081 submitted for review. The time for filing the subsequent brief (if any) does not begin to run until the brief has been approved and filed. To open/view this brief, you must first login to CM/ECF and then open the document link in your Notice of Docket Activity. Only direct recipients on accounts can open this document. [5143096] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MM) [Entered: 04/01/2022 02:52 PM]
04/01/2022 Document Brief deficiency notice sent to counsel, Attorney Mr. Monte Mills for Appellees City of Belle Plaine, Mr. Cary Coop, Ms. Theresa McDaniel, Mr. Ben Stier, Mr. Paul Chard and Mr. Christopher Meyer in 21-3079, Attorney Mr. Monte Mills for Appellee City of Belle Plaine in 21-3081. [5143121] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 04/01/2022 03:29 PM]
04/01/2022 Document locked APPELLEE brief of City of Belle Plaine in 21-3079, 21-3081 submitted for review. The time for filing the subsequent brief (if any) does not begin to run until the brief has been approved and filed. To open/view this brief, you must first login to CM/ECF and then open the document link in your Notice of Docket Activity. Only direct recipients on accounts can open this document. [5143146] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MM) [Entered: 04/01/2022 03:57 PM]
04/04/2022 Document BRIEF FILED - APPELLEE BRIEF filed by City of Belle Plaine in 21-3079, 21-3081,

w/service 04/04/2022 , Length: 12,857 words 10 COPIES OF PAPER BRIEFS (WITHOUT THE APPELLATE PDF FOOTER) FROM City of Belle Plaine due 04/11/2022 WITH certificate of service for paper briefs. Reply brief of The Satanic Temple due on 04/25/2022. [5143291] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 04/04/2022 09:15 AM]

04/06/2022 N/A RECORD FILED - APLEE/RES APPENDIX, 1 volume, Comments: 3 copies of 1 Volume Appendix

[5145162] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 04/07/2022 12:29 PM]

04/07/2022 N/A Paper copies Appellee/Respondent brief, [5143291-2] filed by Mr. Paul Chard, City of Belle Plaine, Mr. Cary Coop, Ms. Theresa McDaniel, Mr. Christopher Meyer and Mr. Ben Stier in 21-3079, City of Belle Plaine in 21-3081 10 paper copies received.

[5145690] [21-3079, 21-3081] (CRJ) [Entered: 04/08/2022 02:36 PM]

04/08/2022 Document MOTION for extension of time to file brief until 05/25/2022, filed by Attorney Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya for Appellant The Satanic Temple in 21-3079, 21-3081 w/service 04/08/2022. [5145622] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MAK) [Entered: 04/08/2022 01:56 PM]
04/08/2022 Document CLERK ORDER:Granting [5145622-2] motion for extension of time to file brief filed by Mr. Matthew A. Kezhaya. Reply briefs of The Satanic Temple in cases 21-3079 and 21-3081 due 05/25/2022 [5145722] [21-3079, 21-3081] (MRM) [Entered: 04/08/2022 02:57 PM]
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