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Hamilton County Commissioners subpoenaed to Federal Court

UPDATE: Tommy Coleman, one of the two plaintiffs filing suit to block prayer, said "The practice of how invocation is delivered has not changed since commission adopted the new policy. Any message that invokes a deity constitutes a prayer and is unconstitutional."

"If someone were to offer a prayer during public comments that that's fine," Coleman said Thursday.

The Hamilton County commission chambers appeared empty Thursday morning after the Hamilton County Commissioners were subpoenaed to Federal Court to testify about prayers before the commission meetings.

The controversy has been on-going for months after a group of residents filed a lawsuit looking to stop the prayers altogether in favor of a moment of silence.

Federal Court is expected to hear the first part of the lawsuit: a call for an order stopping prayers, until the rest of it is settled.

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