“We’re extremely pleased with this positive outcome. Our affiliate attorney, Pete Lepiscopo, did an outstanding job representing this important church to the Guatay community,” said Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute. “Our nation needs more churches, and governments not standing in their way.”
For six months, the church was not allowed to operate until Pacific Justice Institute secured a preliminary injunction against the County's cease and desist order. During oral arguments, District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller called the County's actions “draconian.”
In regards to the County's actions, the church's pastor, Stan Peterson, noted, "I could see this if we were crooks and hurting people, but we give to missionaries in Africa and Mexico."
“The faith and courage exhibited by Pastor Peterson and the congregation over six years have provided an example to other pastors and churches, much like David’s faith and courage when facing Goliath,” said PJI affiliate attorney Pete Lepiscopo, of the San Diego law firm, Lepiscopo & Associates, who represented Guatay Christian Fellowship in these matters.
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