From THE SAN DIEGO NEWS:
Spahr's lawyer, Scott Clark, said it's unprecedented that the church is trying to sanction a minister for performing legal marriages.
The prosecution counters, however, that while the marriages may have been legal under state law, they were "expressly prohibited" by the church.
The case hinges on "a narrow issue of church law," said prosecutor JoAn Blackstone, who added that the local presbytery committee that investigated the Spahr case found it didn't have "any wiggle room" in deciding to press charges.
COMMENT: Oh, I see, the "No wriggle room" defence. If I remember rightly that's the one Pontius Pilate used in the "King of the Jews" case.