WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP)- The Carroll County Commissioners are reverting to a disputed prayer policy in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
The five Republican commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to reverse their April decision limiting opening prayers at public meetings to nonsectarian invocations. Last month's resolution followed a federal court order barring the commissioners from opening their meetings with overtly Christian prayers.
In a ruling Monday, the Supreme Court approved of Christian opening prayers said by clergy at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York.
The high court decision prompted the federal judge in Baltimore to lift his restriction on the Carroll County prayers. But the plaintiffs in the underlying lawsuit say the Supreme Court ruling shouldn't apply to Carroll County, where the prayers are said by the commissioners themselves.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:21:33 GMT
Two Maryland State Police troopers were cleared Wednesday for their roles in a deadly shooting that occurred at the Salisbury barrack in March, according to a report from the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office.More
Two Maryland State Police troopers have been cleared in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred at the Salisbury barrack in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office. More
America's coolest small town is not the quietest. An alarm malfunction earlier this month left the town's fire sirens ringing for an extended period of time.That incident got residents fired up and now they want to remove the sirens that have been a fixture in Berlin for many years.?More