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Satanist acquitted of disrupting government meeting

April 6, 2019

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been acquitted of disrupting a meeting.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jan Shackelford reversed David Suhor’s conviction Thursday, ruling that there wasn’t enough evidence for an Escambia County circuit court to convict him last August of trespassing and resisting arrest.

Authorities say Suhor, a member of the West Florida Chapter of The Satanic Temple, was arrested at an Emerald Coast Utilities Authority meeting in February 2018. He attempted to deliver the Lord’s Prayer before the start of the meeting to protest the board’s practice of a board member leading a Christian prayer before the official start of the meeting.

Officials say a deputy and a security guard had to drag Suhor from the meeting.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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