Court Boots Branch Covidian’s Lawsuit Against Gov

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports:

A federal judge has rejected Central pastor Tony Spell’s lawsuit claiming that the stay-at-home order Gov. John Bel Edwards implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus was unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, Spell, who drew international attention for defying the order by continuing to hold services at Life Tabernacle Church, has been released from house arrest. Spell had sued Gov. Edwards and other government leaders, arguing the stay-at-home order violated his freedom of worship and freedom of assembly.

But, on Friday, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson rejected those arguments, saying Edwards has the authority to issue emergency directives reasonably tailored to severe public health threats.