WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has so far ruled out a controversy involving the state of Louisiana and a pastor in the Baton Rouge district for violating state coronavirus restrictions by repeatedly holding large church services..
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday night declined a request from Tony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church, to take part in the debate. Alito himself denied the request without asking Louisiana officials for a response, and referred the matter to the full court, as is often the case when a case is particularly significant or disputed.
The spell sued state and local officials in May after charges were filed for violating state restrictions. The lower courts convicted him.