Mattice to Rule if Commissioners Have a Prayer

Hamilton County Commissioners will vote next week on a resolution that would give any organized religious group an opportunity to conduct the opening prayer for its sessions. In the meantime, U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice has ordered a July 26 hearing to consider whether to grant a preliminary injunction to halt the prayers until he can rule on a lawsuit filed earlier this month by two residents. The suit argues that the commission's invocations, which often close with "in Jesus' name," violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The Times Free Press has the story