- Samuel Alito, a U.S. Supreme Court court, on Friday refused to take part in a case aimed at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, The Monroe Star-News wrote.
- In the spring, Pastor Tony Spell of Louisiana openly violated Edwards ’order, which banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Spell sued local and state officials, claiming the order violated its First Amendment rights, and also alleged that officials harassed it, according to the Associated Press.
- “Reasonable, legal mitigation measures were needed to protect the population of Louisiana from the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus,” Democrat Bel Edwards said in a statement on Saturday.
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Samuel Alito, a U.S. Supreme Court court, on Friday rejected a petition filed by a Louisiana pastor who claimed that Governor John Bel Edwards’ instruction to prevent the spread of COVID-19 violated his rights to the First Amendment.
Tony’s spring, the pastor of the Central Life Life Tabernacle Church in Louisiana, disregarded Edwards ’home order, which forbade gatherings of more than 10 people, even those from neighboring cities, to attend church services. Monroe News-Star.
At the time, Spell said he was opposed to Edwards ’spring home order because the report said” the Lord told us. ” As Insider previously reported, Spell held the services of approximately 1,000 people while the order was in effect.
The pastor was later arrested and charged with protesting against a protester, News-Star writes. According to the report, he led another protest against Edwards outside the governor’s baton in Rouge Castle.
“During the pandemic, I let science and data inform me of the many difficult decisions I have made about collection sizes and other mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID,” said John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Gov. Democrat. Saturday’s statement acknowledging the rejection of Alito’s participation.
“I didn’t take such decisions easily,” he said. “Reasonable, legal mitigation measures were needed to protect the population of Louisiana from the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus, which would limit the care capacity of hospitals. I am grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied this effort to overturn these mitigation efforts.”
As reported by the Associated Press, Alito, in addition to refusing to discuss the dispute, did not neglect to ask Louisiana officials for a response and to refer the matter to the entire court. Alito’s dismissal follows lower courts previously ruling against Spell, who sued local and state officials for the order after he allegedly harassed officials.
“I’ve been talking and praying with leaders of many religions for months while we traveled together on this epidemic,” Bel Edwards added. “I know how difficult this time has been for them, and I deeply thank them for their commitment to exercising their faith even in tried and tested circumstances and keeping the health of their congregations in mind.”