Mennonite Student ppeals Court Rules Against Schmucker
Apr. 04, 1987
CINCINNATI (AP) _ A three-judge federal appeals court panel Friday unanimously upheld the conviction of a Mennonite seminary student found guilty of failing to register for the draft.
Mark A. Schmucker, 26, of Alliance, Ohio, had written a letter to the government saying he would not register with Selective Service because his religious beliefs forbid him to do anything to help the nation prepare for war.
The appeals court rejected Schmucker's claims that the government singled him out for prosecution because of the letter.
The court also rejected Schmucker's arguments that the draft registration requirement, instituted in July 1980, violated his freedom of religion.
William Whitaker, a lawyer for Schmucker, said Friday he had not seen the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. But Whitaker said he is inclined to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected a similar case previously.