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Commissioners ordered by federal judge to produce prayer documents

A federal court ordered the Carroll County Board of Commissioners Wednesday to produce documents requested by the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the commissioners' public meeting prayer practices.

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland granted the American Humanist Association's motion to compel discovery evidence. The order came after the commissioners refused to produce any documents in response to discovery requests in the litigation, according to a prepared release from the American Humanist Association.

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The documents requested included emails to and from the commissioners regarding their legislative prayers, letters sent by community members regarding prayers and documents involving prayers by Commissioner Robin Frazier, R-District 1.

The lawsuit challenging the county's practice of opening meetings with a sectarian prayer was originally filed by two Carroll residents — Bruce Hake, of Union Bridge, and Neil Ridgely, of Finksburg. Later, Judy Smith, Lauren Graybill and the American Humanist Association joined Hake and Ridgely as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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Reach staff writer Christian Alexandersen at 410-857-7873 or christian.alexandersen@carrollcountytimes.com.


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