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Published on Jun 7, 2011
They're a group known for their simplistic, peaceful lifestyle, yet today they were at federal court taking on the state. WGNO's Vanessa Bolano has been following this one for months.
The fate of the St Joseph Abbey Woodworks now lies in the hands of a New Orleans Federal Judge.
Since 2007, Benedictine Monks, like Brother Emmanuel Labrise, have been crafting caskets in St Tammany Parish, but this morning they were in federal court downtown standing behind those defending their job.
"We have as much right to sell our caskets in the state as anybody who sells caskets anywhere," says Brother Labrise.