Legal Defense Fund

City Of Praise Church

CITY OF PRAISE CONGREGATION LAWSUIT UPDATE

Index of Documents Filed For Records Case CAL-12-3774

Explanation of Documents 

  1. The complaint is to enforce the rights of the congregation to have access to all of the records at the Church under Maryland law. The complaint is to order Clarence Jackson, Gloria McGruder, Clifford Boswell, Lynda Pyles and Denise Killen from breaking the law and providing the records for inspection.
  2. The Line of Appearance notifies the Court who is the attorney for the case.

3-10. The Motions for default for Clifford Boswell, Clarence Jackson, Gloria Magruder,  Linda Pyles and Dorothy Williams are asking the Court to rule against them because even though they have been filed with a complaint to show records they still, after the prescribed time, have not responded to the lawsuit and ignored it completely.

  1. The Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment that state the congregation members are no longer members and that there is no issue in dispute to be resolved in court.
  2.         12.  The Motion to Strike Defendant’s Motions are against the illegal board for not having their attorney Issac Marks make an appearance officially as their attorney. This is to stop Clarence Jackson, Denise Killen, Clifford Boswell, Gloria McGruder, Linda Pyles and Dorothy Williams from using the pleadings that Issac Marks filed (Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment).
  3. The Memorandum of Points and Authorities opposes the Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment that state the congregation members are no longer members and that there is no issue in dispute to be resolved in court.

Results of Documents Filed and Work Performed

The unelected Trustees have continued to refuse to provide records for inspection as well as even answer the complaint against them.  They have basically filed documents to dismiss the action instead of providing an answer why they should not provide records. The closet thing they provide to an answer is that we have no right to see records because we are not members.  They have even changed the bylaws to suit their policy that if anyone opposes them they can be excommunicated as a member. Judge Dwight Jackson has supported them in the past and shown bias as well as a disregard for civil procedure and the law.  Our attorney has put in many hours of research, held meetings, and drafted documents in support of our case.  Our attorney has developed a strategy to move forward with removing the unelected board members and restoring the rightful place of our elected board Pastor and Members to the City of Praise. More details will be released once a court date is set regarding the unelected board members not responding to the lawsuit to provide records.  Additionally, there is a second lawsuit filed on behalf of the congregation because the illegal board was never elected in accordance with Maryland law.

CONGREGATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND IS OFF AND RUNNING

We the City of Praise Church congregation are being represented by Attorney Raouf  M. Abdullah & Associates, LLC –  website:  www.Abdullahlaw.com.   The Legal Ministry now needs to raise funds for the two lawsuits that have been filed.   Please take note that any contributions made will not be considered taxable-deductions. We will give periodic  updates related to the two cases here on this website.  Payments can be made in the following ways:

  • Checks can be made to: Raouf  M. Abdullah & Associates LLC and given to Rod Chavez or a representative at the Legal Defense information desk in the lobby at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
  • You can mail checks to P.O. Box 1206, Lanham, Md. 20703.
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                The Legal Defense Fund Update: July 2012

Summary Sheet of the Documents: 

  

                                 CITY OF PRAISE CONGREGATION LAWSUIT UPDATE

Index of Documents FiledFor Records Case CAL-12-3774    

* To view the acutual documents, scroll down to the ‘Document Section’ below 

  1. Complaint For Records
  2. Line of Appearance for Attorney Raouf M. Abdullah
  3. Motion for Default for Clifford Boswell
  4. Motion for Default for Clarence Jackson
  5. Motion for Default Gloria Magruder
  6. Motion for Default Lynda Pyles
  7. Motion for Default Dorothy Williams
  8. Motion for Default Denise Killen
  9. Motion for Default Church
  10. Motion for Default Board
  11. Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  12. Motion to Strike Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  13. Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment. This includes exhibits and proposed order.

Documents Section:

Document #1:  Complaint for Records

To view click here: record book complaint4

Document #2:   Line of Appearances

To view click here: appearance ct pg

Document #3:    Motion for Default for Clifford Boswell

To view click here: boswell default

Document #4:   Motion for Default for Clarence Jackson

To view click here: jackson default

Document #5:   Motion for Default Gloria Magruder

To view click here: mcclam default

Document #6:   Motion for Default Lynda Pyles

To view click here: plyes default

Document #7:   Motion for Default Dorthy Williams

To view click here: wms default

Document #8:   Motion for Default Denise Killen

To view click here: killen default

Document #9:   Motion for Default Church

To view click here: church default (1)

Document #10:  Motion for Default Board

To view click here: board default

Document #11:  Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment

To view click here: Response to Complaint

Document #12:  Motion to Strike Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment

To view click here:  Motion to Strike records case

Document #13:  Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment. This includes exhibits and proposed order

To view click here:  Opposition to dismiss and Summary Judgment records case

#13A:  Exhibit #1        To view click here:  Exhibit 1

#13B:  Exhibit #2       To view click here:  Exhibit 2

#13C:  Exhibit #3        To view click here: Exhibit 3

#13D:  Exhibit #4        To view click here: Exhibit 4

#13E:  Exhibit #5        To view click here: Proposed order

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