Circuit judge’s courtroom prayer prompts complaint

MONROEVILLE — A lawsuit over custody of a Monroeville church’s financial records continued Thursday, presided over by a judge accused of ordering parties in the dispute to join him Feb. 22 in a courtroom prayer meeting.

Witnesses said the presiding judge, Covington County Circuit Judge M. Ashley McKathan, told some 100 people, including members of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and other spectators and officials gathered for a conference regarding the church records case, to join hands in a circle as he prayed.

At one point, witnesses said, the judge fell to his knees.

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