Breaking! Pastor James Coates Release Delayed…and not Guaranteed

The family of James Coates and congregants of GraceLife Church will have to wait a bit longer to see their beloved spouse, father, and pastor, with news that James’ hearing won’t be until Monday morning the 22nd at 9:30am, rather than sometime Friday morning, which many had hoped.

The news comes from wife Erin, who likewise explained that even though the JCCF hoped he would be released early after the prosecution agreed to drop the conditions, that there was no guarantee of his release.

We wrote about this earlier, explaining that with this resolution in hand, the case will go before a judge on Monday, where the prosecutor and defense will submit a joint submission.

While it’s highly likely that the judge will accept it, it is important to note that it’s not guaranteed or a foregone conclusion. While it would be very rare, it is not without precedent that the judge could refuse to accept the joint submission and keep James incarcerated until his trial in May, or until he accepts the conditions that prohibit him from stepping foot on church property. Alberta still considers itself in the midst of a public health crisis, and the judge may be immovable.

His release is not a forgone conclusion. Please continue to keep the Coates family in your prayers.


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