Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s public health officer, was scheduled Thursday for a deposition in the ongoing case, in which an appellate court earlier this week dismissed $200,000 in fines against Calvary Chapel San Jose.
But Cody will be questioned about other violations the church may still be liable for such as requiring face masks during services in late 2020. The county still seeks nearly $3 million in fines.
“Calvary did not dispute the fact of its numerous and serious violations during the height of the pandemic and before vaccinations were available,” a county statement said. “We will continue to hold Calvary accountable for putting our community’s health and safety at risk.”
Legal analyst Dean Johnson said the debate of public health versus religious freedom is likely to end up with the nation’s high court.
“The Supreme Court may ultimately have to face the argument it avoided literally for centuries, which is ‘Can we as a court sit and decide what is a valid religious claim and what is not a valid religious claim?'” Johnson said.
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