Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

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Colorado churches join push for in-person worship

Religious Liberty | Court decision reveals ignorance bias behind pandemic restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 10/27/20, 12:40 pm

An appeals court on Thursday temporarily reinstated Colorado’s COVID-19 restrictions on places of worship.

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Cuomo blinks in religious liberty stare down

Religious Liberty | Jewish students head back to school after lockdown eased
by Steve West
Posted 10/27/20, 11:31 am

Yitzchok and Chana Lebovits celebrated last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would loosen lockdown restrictions that had closed their daughters’ Orthodox Jewish school. The girls returned to classes this week in the Queens neighborhood of Far Rockaway.

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Pressing pause on pandemic powers

Religious Liberty | Churches push back against prolonged worship restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 10/20/20, 11:08 am

The Supreme Court has another chance to reckon with how much states can infringe on First Amendment rights during the pandemic. Two Chicago-area churches on Wednesday asked the justices to review a federal appeals court decision that upheld Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders restricting the size of worship services. It could make a difference for rulings in lower courts across the country.

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