published Friday, July 19th, 2013

Appeals court upholds federal judge decision on Hamilton County prayer lawsuit

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    Robin Flores

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has sided with a local federal judge in not requiring the Hamilton County Commission halt its meeting prayers as two sides battle out the issue in court.

The appeals court upheld U.S. District Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice’s August 2012 ruling against the injunction filed by local attorney Robin Flores on behalf of his clients Thomas Coleman and Brandon Jones.

The plaintiffs had asked that the federal court order the commission to stop its prayers as the courts sorted out the heart of the case — whether faith-specific prayer was allowed at all at the government meeting.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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