Days before the city was
to close public schools to religious groups that have been holding
services there, a federal judge issued a ruling on Thursday that
reopened the schools for worship, caught city officials off guard, and
could set the stage for years of legal battles.
The judge, Loretta A.
Preska, issued a terse temporary order that provided no explanation but
directed the city not to proceed with its plan to eject dozens of
churches and religious organizations this weekend.
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