(AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's decision to dismiss Tony Alamo Christian Ministries' lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday sided with U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes' decision to dismiss the suit, which accuses DHS of harassing the church with a campaign that included removing 36 children from their parents.
DHS said the children were beaten and underage girls were allowed to marry.
Ministry founder Tony Alamo is in prison after he was convicted of taking underage girls across state lines for sex.
Attorney John Wesley Hall had asked the federal appeals court to reinstate the ministries' lawsuit. He didn't immediately respond to a message left Wednesday.
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