AP: Pa. music church settles suit, bans concerts

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Posted: Nov 10, 2009 11:56 AM

The leader of a western Pennsylvania church is settling a federal lawsuit by pulling the plug on jam band concerts he says were religious services.

William Pritts sued Fayette County in 2006, saying zoning restrictions that stopped the concerts years before violated the religious freedom of his Church of Universal Love and Music.

The church agreed in a March settlement not to tolerate drug law violations in return for permission to hold 12 concerts a year. But a federal judge temporarily banned the concerts after 22 people were arrested on drug charges at an August concert on Pritts' farm, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The court agreement to permanently ban the concerts was filed late Monday.

Pritts has said he plans to move the church to another county.