Plaintiffs Ask For Final Judgment In Carroll County Prayer Case

A June 3 Baltimore Sun article reported that the plaintiffs who challenged the use of sectarian Christian prayers at Carroll County commissioner meetings have dropped their request for a temporary ban and instead intend to ask the judge to make a final judgment in the case.  The article also stated that the county commissioners are also requesting the court make a final judgment in the case:

U.S. District Court Judge William D. Quarles previously banned the commissioners from praying to Jesus at the beginning of their meetings, saying it was likely the plaintiffs would win the case. But Quarles withdrew the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Christian prayers should be allowed in a New York town.

The commissioners want the judge to rule in their favor on legal issues without the need to hold a trial, according to court filings.

Their lawyers argued in the filings that the case has been improperly brought because the individual commissioners are immune to lawsuits for carrying out their legislative work. Even if the judge rules on the issue of the prayers themselves, the attorneys wrote that they do not violate the First Amendment.

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