Court focuses on timing of appeal or public prayer ruling

by Trevor Metcalfe | Danville Register & Bee  |  published on October 29, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit heard oral arguments in the Pittsylvania County public prayer case Tuesday, and focused most of their questions on whether the county had filed an appeal on time.

“We had asked the court early on to dismiss the appeal based on that,” said Virginia ACLU Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg, whose organization is representing county resident Barbara Hudson.

State Sen. Bill Stanley, who represents the county, filed an appeal to the decision on Sept. 18, more than a year after a district court ruled against the county and asking them to pay for about $53,000 in legal fees for Hudson.