At KORACH's urging, the bigoted School Board adopted a cruel policy on bathroom use by transgender boy Drew Adams, advised by a lawyer who sometimes falls asleep in meetings, FRANK D. UPCHURCH III
KORACH was later fired by the Republican Party of Florida for sexual harassment and other reasons, including falsely presenting his opinion on transgender bathrooms as if it were the position of the SJC REC.
As this blog reported in a November 17, 2018 obituary noting few attended KORACH's funeral, including none of the REC members who complained about him, got him fired and were then sued by him:
WILLIAM KORACH is most noted for his savage attack on Drew Adams, a 17 year old transgender male student whom KORACH pressured the School Board to resist and discriminate against.
The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) contends that it based its firing decisions on overt acts by KORACH, and one of them was his unauthorized fatwa in the federal court civil rights case of Adams v. St. Johns County School Board. Korach's vile public act of transphobia was too much, even for RPOF. His unauthorized ultra vires act helped sustain and nurture St. Johns County School Board's chauvinistic position and the federal court's Adams verdict against the County, now on appeal.
KORACH was fired by RPOF for nine reasons, including expressing unauthorized opposition to a transgender student using a bathroom, bitterly backing the School Board's losing defense of a lawsuit that would never have been filed if the School Board did not have a bigot majority.
Posted July 11, 2017 12:02 am
St. Augustine Record
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Don’t waste time,money fighting bathroom gender
Editor: I would like school superintendent Tim Forson to allow transgender student Drew Adams to use the restroom of his choice, starting now. Please let another, wealthier, school district become the test case for the transgender restroom issue.
Mr. Adams is not bothering anyone. There are restrooms in the art class and main office for those who wish to avoid his presence.
With even the military gearing up to allow in transgender soldiers, clearly the school district is preparing to champion a losing cause. Has the school board forgotten the Webster Elementary First Amendment debacle that cost well over $100,000, not including all the outside counsel fees and costs the we paid to defend the case? Sadly I predict the county will march on stubbornly in this case, lose it or settle it belatedly, and that it will cost a lot of money to do so. The money would be better spent in the classroom.
Elizabeth Masters is a retired colonel in the Florida National Guard Judicial Advocate General Corps and a resident of St. Augustine.
Mr. Adams won his civil rights lawsuit in federal court.
Mr. Adams won again in the Court of Appeals.
Now, the entire 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral argument -- only 20 minutes per side -- sometime in February.
Here is the Court Clerk's order:
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
ELBERT PARR TUTTLE COURT OF APPEALS BUILDING 56 Forsyth Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
September 16, 2021
For rules and forms visit
USCA11 Case: 18-13592 Date Filed: 09/16/2021
Page: 1 of 2
MEMORANDUM TO COUNSEL OR PARTIES
Appeal Number: 18-13592-U
Case Style: Drew Adams v. School Board of St. Johns Co. District Court Docket No: 3:17-cv-00739-TJC-JBT
For the purpose of the upcoming en banc rehearing in the above referenced case, the court desires for counsel to focus their briefs on the following issues:
Does the School District's policy of assigning bathrooms based on sex violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution?
Does the School District's policy of assigning bathrooms based on sex violate Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.?
APPELLANT’S EN BANC BRIEF SHALL BE SERVED AND ELECTRONICALLY FILED ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 26, 2021. APPELLEE’S EN BANC BRIF SHALL BE SERVED AND ELECTRONICALLY FILED ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 26, 2021. An en banc reply brief shall be electronically filed on or before December 17, 2021. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED. Parties should format their briefs according to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 28 and 32 and shall contain the title “En Banc Brief”. Each brief must adhere to the page and type-volume limitations Rule 32(a)(7). Fifteen (15) copies of the en banc briefs should be filed (appellant’s in blue covers, appellee’s in red covers and any reply in gray covers). Counsel is expected to serve all parties a copy of their brief by the close of business on the day of filing. PAPER COPIES OF THE BRIEFS SHOULD BE RECEIVED THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY. Counsel is not required to submit the additional copies of the previous filed briefs.
The filing of an en banc amicus brief is governed by 11thCir.R.35-8.
Oral argument will be conducted the week of February 21, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Each side will be allotted twenty (20) minutes for oral argument. Counsel will receive subsequent correspondence regarding the specific time of oral argument.
USCA11 Case: 18-13592
Date Filed: 09/16/2021 Page: 2 of 2
DAVID J. SMITH, Clerk of Court
Reply to: Jenifer L. Tubbs Phone #: 404-335-6166
BR-1CIV Civil appeal briefing ntc issued
Here is the docket, reflecting strong support for Mr. Adams' legal position by State Attorneys General, professional associations, public interest groups and businesses:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
|DREW ADAMS, |
a minor, by and through his next friend and mother, Erica Adams Kasper,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
SCHOOL BOARD OF ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FLORIDA,
Defendant - Appellant,
TIM FORSON, et al.,