Revival sought for pastor’s lawsuit over COVID restrictions


              FILE - Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announces, in Montgomery, Ala., his run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, June 20, 2019.  The  outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to revive a Louisiana pastor’s damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions.  A federal judge had earlier this year dismissed minister Tony Spell’s lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards and others over enforcement of the ban. Spell drew national attendance for his flouting of the restrictions early in the pandemic at his church in Central, near Baton Rouge.    (AP Photo/Julie Bennett, File)
            
              FILE - Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church of Central City, La., prays with supporters outside the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on June 7, 2021.  An outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to revive the Louisiana pastor’s damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions.  A federal judge had earlier this year dismissed minister Spell’s lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards and others over enforcement of the ban. Spell drew national attendance for his flouting of the restrictions early in the pandemic at his church in Central, near Baton Rouge.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
Revival sought for pastor’s lawsuit over COVID restrictions