- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Pittsylvania County isn’t giving up the fight to open Board of Supervisors’ meetings with a prayer.

In a filing Thursday in Danville, an attorney for the board is sought to revive an appeal that was spiked by an appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that it did not have jurisdiction because the county didn’t file its appeal within the appropriate timeframe.

The county appealed a judge’s ruling last year barring the board from opening meetings with prayers associated with a specific religion.

A resident filed the lawsuit in 2011, claiming the Christian invocations violate the Constitution’s prohibition against government establishment of a religion.

The county’s attorney, Sen. Bill Stanley, said he is seeking “total and complete vindication.”


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