John MacArthur set for new hearing in November

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Sep 27th, 2020 11:24 am

Last Updated Sep 28th, 2020 at 8:23 pm

John MacArthur and Grace Community Church were scheduled on Thursday for a new hearing to take place on November 13.

The decision came from a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who refused to decide whether to hold the pastor and church in contempt for defying the ban on indoor worship services.

L.A. County officials said Grace Community Church "has not been exonerated for its violations," and the postponement was made because of required social distancing measures.

The court cannot "adjudicate this issue now because of court rules prohibiting people from being present in the courtroom to combat the spread of the virus," county officials said.

MacArthur's attorneys consider the delay a victory.

"This ruling prevents Los Angeles County's attempted rush to judgment in its continued prosecution of Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church for courageously exercising their First Amendment rights," said Charles LiMandri, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, in a statement.


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