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But the case is not over as the decision was not a ruling on the merits. Late last night, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal justices and rejected South Bay Pentecostal Church’s emergency appeal to block Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 church restrictions. Charles LiMandri, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s Chief Litigation Counsel,…

This morning, South Bay Pentecostal Church and its pastor, Bishop Arthur Hodges III, filed in the U.S. Supreme Court their reply brief to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s defense of his COVID-19 restrictions on religious services. Last week, South Bay Church and Bishop Hodges filed an emergency appeal to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to block the church ban after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the…

This morning, Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys and co-counsel filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of South Bay United Pentecostal Church and its pastor, Bishop Arthur Hodges III, asking for an injunction to block California Governor Gavin Newsom from enforcing his ban on church services.   The attorneys filed the motion hours after the Ninth Circuit denied South Bay Church’s request for an emergency injunction late…

Case: Skyline Wesleyan Church v. California Dep’t of Managed Health Care The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 13 that a federal district court erred when it dismissed Skyline Wesleyan Church’s religious freedom challenge to the State of California’s abortion mandate. FCDF is representing Skyline Church with Alliance Defending Freedom. The appeals court…

Related Case: South Bay United Pentecostal Church, et al. v. Gavin Newsom, et al. Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys representing South Bay United Pentecostal Church and its pastor, Bishop Arthur Hodges III, filed an emergency appeal with the Ninth Circuit on Saturday after a San Diego federal judge upheld Governor Newsom’s ban on worship…

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