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Lay and Freeman face criminal charges

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Pace High Principal Frank Lay and Pace athletic director Robert Freeman are facing criminal contempt charges as they stand accused of violating a federal court order.

The court order, which was issued by U.S. District Judge Casey Rogers, banned Santa Rosa County school officals from leading prayers at school events.

On July 22, Rogers instigated criminal charges against Lay and Freeman after the ACLU would not amend a civil contempt complaint against Michelle Winkler, who is a clerical assistant in the Santa Rosa County School District.

“In the original complaint filed by the ACLU they sought civil contempt charges against Winkler,” said attorney Horatio Mihet, who is representing Lay, Freeman, and Winkler. “In that complaint the ACLU added a footnote or paragraph about Lay asking the athletic director to bless the food at a luncheon.
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