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God's Wrath Lands Pastor in Jail

A pastor in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been jailed for invoking God’s wrath upon a judge. Edward Pinknet, a Baptist minister, was convicted and sentenced to probation in 2007 for paying people to vote in a run-off election. In a piece published in a small Chicago newspaper, Pinkney said the judge who handled the case would be subject to fevers, curses and “extreme burning” if he didn’t change his ruling. The pastor was charged with violating his probation by threatening the judge, and sentenced to three to 10 years in prison. The American Civil Liberties Union is currently handling Pinkney’s case, saying the ruling violated his First Ammendment rights.

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