High Court Won’t Get Involved in Louisiana Pastor’s Case For Now

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Nov. 5, 2020. (AP)
The Associated Press

Washington – The Supreme Court is, at least for now, staying out of a dispute involving the state of Louisiana and a Baton Rouge-area pastor charged with violating the state’s coronavirus restrictions by repeatedly holding large church services.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito last Friday evening turned away a request from Life Tabernacle Church pastor Tony Spell to get involved in the dispute. Alito denied the request himself, without asking Louisiana officials to respond and without referring the matter to the full court – as often happens when a case is particularly significant or contentious.

Spell sued state and local officials in May after being charged with violating state restrictions. Lower courts ruled against him.

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