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Chesterfield appeals ruling in witch case

By Meredith Fischer and Tom Campbell

Chesterfield County won’t give up in the legal fight to block a witch from leading the invocation at Board of Supervisors meetings.

County Attorney Steven Micas said he filed notice yesterday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the county is appealing last month’s district court ruling that declared Chesterfield’s invocation policy unconstitutional.

Last year, the board refused to let Cynthia Simpson, a follower of the Wiccan faith, volunteer to give the customary prayer to open the meetings. The clergy on the volunteer list are all from Judeo-Christian faiths.

“I certainly approve of the appeal,” Supervisor Kelly E. Miller said. “I believe it is well-founded.”

Board Chairman Arthur S. Warren said: “We took a position, and I think we need to remain consistent.”

Read the original article at: Times Dispatch

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