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Michigan pastor will stay on house arrest
(AP) — LANSING, Mich. - A Benton Harbor minister will remain on house arrest while he appeals a prison sentence for writing that God could punish a judge who presided over his election fraud conviction.
The Michigan Supreme Court declined to hear Edward Pinkney's appeal of his house arrest in an unanimous order dated Wednesday.
Pinkney was sentenced to five years of probation in 2007 after being convicted of paying people to vote in a Benton Harbor election. He later wrote an article saying the judge who handled his case could be punished by God with curses unless he changed his ways.
Another judge ruled that Pinkney's column violated his probation and sentenced him to prison. The state appeals court has released Pinkney on bond while considering an appeal of his sentence.