Church Zoning Battle Motivated By Discrimination: Judge

Law360, New York (December 22, 2011, 8:32 PM EST) -- A Maryland federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a Protestant Evangelical group should be able to build a church after a nearly decade-long zoning battle with a local municipality, saying the dispute had wasted taxpayer money and was motivated by religious discrimination.

The judge said that after eight years of litigation, Reaching Hearts International should have gotten the “fairly routine water and sewer service category change for its property located in Prince George’s County,” which would allow the  group to build a church, according to the...
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