Cult leader Tony Alamo must reveal financial sources

Cult leader Tony Alamo
Cult leader Tony Alamo must reveal the source of finances he uses to pay his attorneys as legal authorities are trying to figure out how to satisfy judgments his victims have won against him.

The ‘evangelist,’ whose ministry is considered a cult both sociologically and theologically, is serving a 175-year prison sentence.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Alamo Ministries civil suit

Tony Alamo A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by members of imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministries, claiming an Arkansas agency infringed upon their religious rights in seizing children from their compound in 2008.

Imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo in poor health

Tony Alamo The lawyer for an Arkansas evangelist convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex says his client was hospitalized for about two weeks but has since been released.

Tony Alamo was recently hospitalized with hospitalized with liver problems, heart attack and double pneumonia.

Judge denies Tony Alamo attorney’s request to halt civil lawsuit

Tony Alamo A federal judge has denied defense requests to halt proceedings in a civil lawsuit filed by former wives of Tony Alamo.

The judge ruled that the law does not permit civil defendants to request a halt to proceedings in cases it speculates may be the subject of a criminal investigation.

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal from Tony Alamo followers who had children taken away

Tony Alamo The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from followers of evangelist Tony Alamo who had their children taken away when they wouldn’t agree not to expose them to the controversial ministry.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the taking of the children was not a barrier to the parents’ constitutional rights to practice religion.

$66M verdict in suit against jailed cult leader Tony Alamo upheld

Tony Alamo A federal magistrate has upheld a $66 million judgment against jailed evangelist Tony Alamo for abuse suffered by two boys when they were being reared in his ministry.

A jury awarded Seth Calagna and Spencer Ondrisek, former members raised in the controversial Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, $3 million apiece in actual damages and $30 million apiece in punitive damages after a trial in June.

Ex-Followers Pursue Cult Leader Tony Alamo’s Assets

Tony Alamo Imprisoned cult leader Tony Alamo owes millions of dollars in court-ordered restitution for abusing some of his former followers, triggering a nationwide hunt for assets still controlled by the Arkansas ‘evangelist.’

Former followers have won millions in court judgments, but government and private investigators say Mr. Alamo kept few assets in his name, making it difficult to collect.

2 former members of Tony Alamo cult awarded $33 million each in civil suit

Tony Alamo Two former members of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries have been awarded $33 million each after they sued Alamo for ordering them to be beaten.

The two men testified that evangelist Tony Alamo ordered his enforcer, John Kolbek, to beat them.

Civil trial to begin for evangelist convicted for taking girls across state lines for sex

Tony Alamo Evangelist Tony Alamo, who is serving a 175-year sentence in federal prison for taking young girls across state lines for sex, faces a civil trial starting Tuesday that he ordered the beating of two of his former ministry members.

The alleged enforcer, John Kolbek, died last January while on the run.

Court upholds decision to strip followers of Tony Alamo cult of parental rights

Tony Alamo The Arkansas Supreme Court says a judge was right to terminate the parental rights of seven people who saw their 16 children seized from the compound of evangelist Tony Alamo in 2008.

The judge concluded that, among other things, the children faced danger of beatings and forced fasts ordered by the evangelist who was convicted in 2009 of transporting underage girls across state lines for sex and sentenced to 175 years in prison.

Alleged enforcer for jailed cult leader Tony Alamo found dead

Police say John Kolbeck, a man sought for more than two years on charges he beat disobedient followers of a now-convicted evangelist, has died Thursday in Kentucky op an apparent heart attack, Associated Press reports.

Court upholds sex convictions of cult leader Tony Alamo

Tony Alamo A federal appeals court upheld the criminal convictions of Tony Alamo on Thursday, finding that the 76-year-old evangelist took underage girls across state lines with the primary purpose of sexually exploiting them.

Tony Alamo placed in isolation

Evangelist Tony Alamo is in isolation at the federal prison in Tucson, where he is serving a 175-year term for sex crimes, according to his lawyer.

Attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. of Little Rock said prison officials placed Alamo in the special unit after a physical confrontation with another inmate and allegations Alamo made verbal threats to harm prosecutors and others connected with his criminal case.

According to a recent post on the Website hosted by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, Alamo is a “political prisoner.”

“The true reason for Pastor Alamo’s imprisonment is exposing the one world government cult,” the Website said.

Magistrate judge delays civil trial accusing evangelist Tony Alamo of abuse

A federal magistrate judge has indefinitely delayed the civil trial against evangelist Tony Alamo in a lawsuit over alleged abuse at his ministries.

Plaintiffs Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna have already won $3 million judgment against John Kolbek, Tony Alamo’s alleged ‘enforcer.’ Kolbek remains a fugitive.

Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence after being convicted of five counts of transporting young girl across state lines for sex. He is appealing that conviction.

Tony Alamo defense, prosecutors go head to head in court again

Tony Alamo Lawyers on both sides of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo’s appeal faced off Tuesday in St. Louis before three justices of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeal.

Alamo’s defense attorney, John Wesley Hall Jr., told the Justices that Alamo deserves a new trial or, at the very least, to be resentenced by a different judge.

A look at the Tony Alamo bust, two years later

Two years ago today, a long line of Arkansas State Police cruisers and shiny, black, unmarked sedans snaked along U.S. Highway 71 toward Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Fouke, Ark.

Less than a week after the raid, Alamo, whose given name is Bernie LaZar Hoffman, was arrested as he checked out of a hotel in Flagstaff, Ariz. He has been in custody since.

Less than a year after his arrest, Alamo was convicted on all 10 counts in a federal indictment accusing him of transporting five women he wed as children across state lines for sex.

In November 2009, Alamo received a 175-year sentence. He is incarcerated in federal prison in Tuscon, Ariz.

On Tuesday, Alamo’s defense attorney, John Wesley Hall Jr. of Little Rock and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner will present oral arguments concerning Alamo’s appeal of his conviction and sentence before U.S. 8th Circuit appellate justices in St. Louis.

Lawyer says cult leader Tony Alamo should get new trial

Tony Alamo Cult leader Tony Alamo should get a new trial because sex with minors was “incidental” to his purpose for traveling across state lines, his lawyer argues in Alamo’s most recent appellate brief.

The lawyer’s brief also argues Alamo deserves to be resentenced by a different judge because of statements U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes made after imposing a 175-year term.

Government: Tony Alamo conviction sound

Tony Alamo Tony Alamo’s conviction by a jury was based on sound evidence and his sentence by a judge on federal law, a brief filed Monday by the government states.

U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner the jury found the five Jane Does listed in Alamo’s indictment credible witnesses and outlines how each victim was made to travel with Alamo so that his sexual relationship with them could continue.

Women: We were child brides of Tony Alamo

Tony Alamo Ex-followers say that by the late 1990s Tony Alamo was living in this sprawling compound with more than a dozen women, some of whom he called his “spiritual wives.”

Though no legal documents were ever signed, Jeanne, Amy and Desiree say they were three of Alamo’s “wives.” But when they said their vows, they hardly qualified as women — they were still girls.
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