Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 27, 2013

Va. county told to pay tab for prayer fight

DANVILLE, Va. — A federal judge has ordered the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to pay a woman’s legal fees in her battle over prayers at public meetings.

U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski on Monday ordered the board pay $53,229 to Barbara Hudson’s attorneys for their fees and expenses stemming from the court battle.

A federal judge issued an injunction in March barring the board from opening meetings with prayers associated with any one religion.

The decision came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Hudson.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Marshall Ecker told the Danville Register & Bee that the matter of paying the fees would be discussed in a closed session with their attorney.

The board also is considering an appeal of the judge’s injunction.

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