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Jacksonville Pastor Appeals Order Ending His Lawsuit Over City Council Muting

Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.
Sky Lebron
Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.

A Jacksonville pastor’s attorney is appealing a federal judge’s decision ending his lawsuit about his microphone being turned off as he delivered an invocation at a City Council meeting.

The decision means the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will be asked to review whether U.S. District Judge Brian Davis was on good ground last month when he approved a summary judgment in favor of the city and against the Rev. R.L. Gundy, senior pastor at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.

Gundy sued, arguing in 2019 that his free-speech rights were violated when then-Council President Aaron Bowman cut off his microphone during an invocation that mentioned people being “intimidated, threatened and bullied by an executive branch of our city government while cronyism and nepotism is being exercised in backrooms.”

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