Skip to main content.
A non-profit service providing academics, religion professionals and other researchers with religion & cult news

Religion news articles about religious cults, sects, world religions, and related issues

Home | About RNB Related: Cult FAQ | Cult Experts | Apologetics Index | Cult Information Search Engine
More articles about: Michael W. Ryan:

Court Rejects Appeal Of Former Cult Leader • Friday October 29, 2004

LINCOLN, Neb. — An appeal by one-time cult leader Michael Ryan in a 1985 torture-slaying on a farm near Rulo was rejected Friday by a federal appeals court.

In doing so, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld and earlier ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Ryan claimed that Richardson County District Judge Robert Finn, who presided over his trial, was prejudiced against him. The judge met privately with victim James Thimm’s family before sentencing.

Thimm was a member of the cult that lived on a farm near Rulo in southeastern Nebraska. Thimm was tortured over a three-day period and died.

The Nebraska high court said Finn’s actions showed a lack of professionalism but did not deprive Ryan of his right to due process.

The appeals court also rejected claims that Ryan was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Ryan’s son, Dennis, and cult member Timothy Haverkamp also were convicted in Thimm’s death.

info Original content is © Copyright Religion News Blog. All rights reserved.
    Do not republish or repost. Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

share this article Share this article

tag Related Articles

arrow Topic(s): Michael W. Ryan

Comment Comment

Join Religion News Blog at Google+ to comment, share, and follow.

RSS Feed Follow Us


Religion News You May Like This As Well

Why are you not using Nozbe?

Don't you need to get things done?

Religion News Search Search Religion News Blog