ACLU Sues Missouri County Over Prayers At Meetings

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 WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union is suing an eastern Missouri county in an effort to halt prayers at  county commission meetings.  The Washington Missourian  reports that  the suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis by  the ACLU on behalf of an anonymous resident of Franklin County. It  alleges that the commission begins meetings with a prayer in violation of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions. Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer has said he prefers to  fight the ACLU but is concerned about spending taxpayer money in litigation.
Meanwhile, County Counselor Mark Vincent says he is drafting a policy for commission meetings that addresses concerns in the  lawsuit and will meet federal and state laws.