All he did was circulate recall petitions, the bishop says. Two federal courts and the state attorney general have sided with him. But the former mayor and a local judge appear out for blood to the tune of $475,000 straight from the pocket of Bishop Tom Brown. “This is the most unjust action that has ever taken place against any church in the United States of America,” Brown says. He leads Word of Life Church in El Paso, Texas.

Attorneys for the city said the recall election was a political process and as such, the city is not supposed to take sides. The former mayor argued he was sworn to defend the law and, since he believed petitioners broke election laws, the city should have backed him up, KVIA reports. FULL REPORT