“They made it sound like we were animals, which is the furthest from the truth. Obviously we were amped up because we care for him so much, but nobody called anybody names, nobody made any threats. The real threat is putting an innocent man behind bars.”

— Chris Douglas, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Mo., who is fighting to allow members of the church to attend the sentencing of a parishioner who was convicted of armed robbery. Prosecutors have asked to ban church members from the hearing after they were disruptive at previous hearings. He was quoted by The Post-Dispatch.

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