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US judge denies bid to open California churches in pandemic

 

Last updated 4/22/2020 at 6:54pm

DON THOMPSON

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday said he will deny a bid by three Southern California churches to hold in-person church services during the pandemic, saying that government's emergency powers trump what in normal times would be fundamental constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal in Los Angeles said he will reject the temporary restraining order the churches sought against Gov. Gavin Newsom and other officials. They argued that the state's stay-at-home orders violate the First Amendment right to freedom of religion and assembly.

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