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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.