Ocala lawsuit over prayer vigil sent back to lower court
OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings this summer is impacting a federal case out of Ocala. The lawsuit over a prayer vigil has been sent back to a lower court.
Plaintiffs Lucinda Hale and Art Rojas filed a suit against the City of Ocala, alleging a prayer vigil held after a shooting spree in 2014 violated their first amendment rights. The lower court initially ruled against the city.
A federal appeals court on Friday directed a district judge to reconsider the ruling that found the vigil unconstitutional. The appeals court cited the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kennedy Vs. Bremerton School District where the justices determined a coach was allowed to lead prayer on the football field.
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