Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Jericho Baptist Church Ministries, Inc.
(February 3, 2014 – Landover, Maryland) A lawsuit over the control and governance of Jericho Baptist Church Ministries, which operates the Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Maryland, has been thrown out of court. In a decision issued January 28, 2014, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Dwight Jackson entered summary judgment on behalf of the Jericho Board of Trustees, consisting of Gloria McClam-Magruder, Clifford Boswell, Denise Killen, Dorothy Williams, Clarence Jackson, and Linda Pyles.
The summary judgment grants a request by the Trustees to dismiss an action filed against the church on April 18, 2012, by Roderick Chavez, Barbara Jackson, Trenillo Walters, Charlease Logan and Bessie Ashworth. In the lawsuit, Chavez and the others claimed that as members of Jericho they had a legal right to vote on the Board of Trustees, but the board had failed to hold mandatory elections for their offices. All plaintiffs other than Chavez and Walters dropped their claims in 2013.
In his ruling, Judge Jackson noted that Chavez and Walters admitted under oath that they were not members of the church when the election of Trustees was held. The court found that the manner in which the church’s Trustees were elected was in compliance with Maryland law. Judge Jackson concluded: “In this instant case, the Court finds that having no dispute as to the membership of the church and its incorporation, Plaintiffs have failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”
The Board of Trustees issued the following statement: “We are grateful that Judge Jackson will not waste any more valuable court time and taxpayer dollars on this matter. This Board of Trustees always has been committed to conducting the matters of Jericho in a responsible manner consistent with the way we were trained by Apostle Betty Peebles. We have and will continue to abide by the laws of Maryland. We hope that this decision will discourage future complaints that are without merit, a drain on court resources and a distraction from our mission of ministry.”
The motions for summary judgment and dismissal were filed on Jericho’s behalf by Dennis Whitley, III, Esq. of Largo, Maryland, and Anthony P. Ashton, Esq. of Baltimore, Maryland. Additional questions should be directed to Erika E. Cole, Esq. at 410-654-4300, email: email@example.com.
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