Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chip Weber

HRA senior historian Ian Smith submitted an expert historical report and served as an expert witness for this case, which pertained to the history of the perceptions and uses of a statue of Jesus that was placed on the Whitefish Mountain Resort ski area in western Montana in the early 1950s. Mr. Smith’s report relied primarily on historic newspaper accounts, archival documents, and oral interviews. He provided deposition testimony on behalf of the United States in October 2012. The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana found in favor of the United States in June 2013, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling in August 2015.