The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the case of a Louisiana pastor who ignored the governor's order banning large gatherings
Pastor Tony Spell speaks to journalists before attending Sunday services at the Life Tabernacle mega-church and questioning government orders against the large group congregation to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA .
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito declined Friday to delve into a case that targeted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the Monroe Star News reported.
In the spring of that spring, Rev. Tony Spell in Central, Louisiana, openly violated Edwards' orders to prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people.
Spell sued local and state officials, alleging the order violated his First Amendment rights. He also alleged that he was harassed by officials, according to the Associated Press.
"Appropriate legal mitigation measures were necessary to protect the people of Louisiana from the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus," said Democrat Bel Edwards in a statement on Saturday.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito declined Friday to hear a petition from a Louisiana pastor alleging that Governor John Bel Edwards' order to curb the spread of COVID-19 violated his First Amendment -Right.
In the spring, Tony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, Louisiana, ignored Edwards' stay at home, which banned gatherings of more than 10 people, even buses from neighboring towns, to attend church services Monroe News star.
At the time, Spell said he resisted Edwards' stay at home that spring because "the Lord told us," the report reads. As Insider previously reported, Spell held services from approximately 1,000 people during the order.
The pastor was later arrested and charged with a misdemeanor related to an argument with a counter-protester, the news star said. On another occasion, according to the report, he also led a protest against Edwards outside the governor's villa in Baton Rouge.
"During this pandemic, I have been sharing science and data with the many tough decisions I have made regarding size gathering and other mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID," said Democrat John Bel Edwards, governor of Louisiana, in a statement on Saturday recognizing Alito's refusal to engage.
"I didn't make such decisions lightly," he said. "The appropriate legal mitigation measures were necessary to protect the people of Louisiana from the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus that would limit hospitals' ability to provide care. I am grateful that the United States Supreme Court has made efforts to overturn these mitigation efforts has refused. "
As reported by the Associated Press, Alito not only refused to hear the dispute, but also failed to ask Louisiana officials to respond and refer the case to the full court. Alito's rejection comes after the lower courts ruled against Spell, who sued local and state officials over the order after alleging harassment by officials.
"I have spoken and prayed with multi-faith leaders for months as we navigated this pandemic together," added Bel Edwards. "I know how difficult that time was for you and I am deeply grateful for your commitment to practice your faith even under difficult circumstances and with the health of your communities in mind."
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