Appeals Court Reinstate Preacher's Lawsuit

Federal appeals court reinstates preacher's lawsuit

A clergyman is getting another chance to argue his claim that Ohio violated his rights by requiring a permit for him to preach on the Ohio Statehouse grounds. The Reverend James Hood claims that the state violated his rights of free speech and free exercise of religion by charging him with trespassing when he preached on the Statehouse grounds in May 2000. He was later convicted of criminal trespassing and fined 100 dollars. Today, the Sixth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Hood's lawsuit and sent it back to a Columbus federal judge for re-consideration. The appeals court ruled two-to-one that U-S District Judge Algenon Marbley erred last year when he dismissed the preacher's lawsuit.