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.

Tony Alamo Christian Ministries: Inspection of mattresses allowed in suit

A judge has granted mattress factory Tempur-Pedic International Inc. permission to inspect 3,500 mattresses at a warehouse owned by members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries — a cult of Christianity whose leader was recently sentenced to 175 in prison. The company said in a federal lawsuit that the mattresses were meant for needy people, […]

Appeals court upholds removal of children from cult leader’s compound

Tony Alamo Among other things, the rulings said the children faced danger of beatings and forced fasts ordered by 75-year-old evangelist Tony Alamo convicted earlier this year of transporting underage girls across state lines for sex and sentenced this month to 175 years in prison.

In one of the appeals court rulings today, Judge Robert J. Gladwin wrote that the evidence “presented a clear picture of the danger to children in the ministry compound at Fouke.”

Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced to 175 Years for Taking Girls Across State Lines for Sex

Tony Alamo Evangelist Tony Alamo was sentenced Friday to 175 years in prison for taking little girls as young as 9 across state lines to have sex with them.

The decision punishes him for the rest of his life for molesting children he took as “brides” in his ministry.

Alamo, 75, had denied the charges, claiming they came from a Vatican-led conspiracy against the church he led, called the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

$3M awarded in suit against alleged Tony Alamo enforcer John Kolbeck

John Erwin Kolbeck The alleged enforcer of evangelist Tony Alamo must pay $3 million in restitution to two boys he’s believed to have beaten bloody on the preacher’s behalf and left haunted for life, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The teens have also sued Alamo.

Sentencing for evangelist Tony Alamo reset

Tony Alamo TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) – A federal judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for evangelist Tony Alamo, who was convicted on charges of taking young girls across state lines for sex, AP reports.

U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes changed the date Tuesday from Oct. 26 to Nov. 13.

According to the Texarkana Gazette, if sentenced to the maximum on each count and if ordered to serve the terms consecutively, Alamo could receive 175 years in a federal prison.

Tony Alamo’s enforcer to be featured on America’s Most Wanted

John Erwin Kolbeck When Tony Alamo was arrested last year, his enforcer — John Erwin Kolbeck — fled and hasn’t been seen since.

The television show America’s Most Wanted is in Fort Smith, Arkansas to take the story to a national level in hopes of finding him. [video]

Judge: Civil suit against Tony Alamo over beatings can continue

Tony Alamo The constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom didn’t give Tony Alamo the right to order beatings, force fasts and falsely imprison, according to a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two men who claim to have been beaten as children at Alamo’s bidding.

“The principle of religious liberty does not give one the liberty to physically attack others; when a threat to society’s or another individual’s safety appears, the power of the state to prevent or punish is obvious,” said a decision from U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes.

Arkansas battles over 3-year-old child’s safety in Tony Alamo’s ministry

Tony Alamo State child-welfare officials say a baby born to followers of convicted evangelist Tony Alamo is at substantial risk of injury.

An affidavit filed last week in Miller County Circuit Court by a caseworker with the state Department of Human Services said the 3-month-old boy is in danger of abuse.

The affidavit also says a judge in January ruled that the Alamo ministry was an unfit environment for the boy’s four siblings.

2 followers of Tony Alamo released from jail

Tony Alamo Christian Ministries Two members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries were released from jail Monday after spending more than seven months behind bars for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of their children.

Many children of Alamo followers have been taking into protective custody.

RNB’s Religion News Roundup: Scientology, Tony Alamo’s money, Islam’s headscarves, more…

Religion news In today’s RNB Religion News Roundup: Scientologists harass Swedish family; John Travolta a Scientologist ‘now and forever’; and Scientology’s PR push.

Also: a summer camp for atheist kids; Much to do about the Islamic headscarf; a guide pony for a blind Muslim woman; and assorted Islam-related terrorism items.

Plus religion news briefs…

Jurors convict evangelist Tony Alamo on all 10 sex counts

Tony Alamo Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher who became an outfitter of the stars and fought the federal government over claims he underpaid followers for church work, was convicted Friday of taking five girls across state lines for sex.

Alamo has blamed the Vatican for his legal troubles, which include a four-year prison term for tax evasion in the 1990s.

Jurors weigh sex-crimes charges against Tony Alamo

Tony Alamo Cult leader Tony Alamo is accused of taking five young girls across state lines for sex between 1994 and 1995 after “marrying” them.

The jury began deliberating early Thursday at Texarkana federal courthouse, a day after listening to prosecutors and defense attorneys offer their final portrayals of Alamo.

RNB’s Religion News Roundup: Tony Alamo, Alan Bushey, Allen Steed, Johnny McGowan and more…

Religion news In today’s RNB Religion News Roundup: lawyers hope Tony Alamo won’t speak; cult leader Alan Bushey faces sentencing; No deal on rape charge for man whose marriage to underage sect member led to conviction of FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs.

Also: While providing marriage counseling, two associate pastors concealed that a third pastor was having an affair with a man’s wife. Then: A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed a charge against an avowed white supremacist accused of threatening a juror.

Prosecution rests at Tony Alamo trial

Tony Alamo Prosecutors wrapped up their case Tuesday after playing recordings of phone conversations Alamo had from jail.

In one, Alamo tells a girl she has to clean up a mess she made or leave his compound. In another, women and girls giggle as he discusses how the charges against him might differ had his alleged crimes occurred in Texas or Arkansas.

Woman ‘married’ to evangelist Tony Alamo at age 8 to retake stand

Tony Alamo A woman who said evangelist Tony Alamo “married” her at age 8 told federal jurors Thursday that he sexually assaulted her repeatedly until she escaped his compound in late 2006.

Another woman who noted in her Bible the first time she had sex with evangelist Tony Alamo — at age 14 — told jurors in his sex-crimes trial Thursday that she was married to the flamboyant pastor that year in a prison visiting room

Two Tony Alamo beliefs, some terminology off limits, judge says

Tony Alamo Prosecutors at evangelist Tony Alamo‘s trial will not be able to elicit testimony about Alamo’s beliefs that the Bible does not prohibit polygamy and that girls are ready to be married when they begin menstruating, a judge said Monday.

The word ‘cult’ may also not be used in relation to the preacher’s cult…
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