4/7/10 – ADG: Alamo attorney gets more appeal time

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
April 6, 2010
By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Alamo attorney gets more appeal time

An attorney for the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries on Tuesday was granted additional time to explain why the ministry’s lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Human Services should be reinstated, but it received only half the amount of time the attorney had sought.

The lawsuit, which accused the Human Services Department of violating members’ religious freedoms by removing children from the ministry, was dismissed in February by U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes.

The ministry’s appeal brief had been due at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals on Tuesday, but attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. on Monday said he needed more time to prepare it. Hall said he has been busy preparing an appeal for ministry leader Tony Alamo, who was sentenced in November to 175 years in prison for taking underage girls across state lines for sex. Hall said he also has two jury trials scheduled in April and two in the first week of May.

Hall asked for an additional 40 days. In a one-sentence order issued Tuesday, Court Clerk Michael Gans granted Hall half that amount of time, extending the deadline to April 27.

Hall said Tuesday that he expects to be able to finish the brief by that time.

“I just lose a weekend somewhere in between,” Hall said.

In: 2010

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