Bradley L. Drell and B. Gene Taylor, III successfully represented the Board of Trustees of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in obtaining a favorable ruling on a writ of quo warranto declaring that Ameal Jones, Sr., was not duly re-elected as pastor in May, 2011, following Jones’ termination in November, 2010. The Mt. Zion controversy received a great deal of local media attention over the last year and has encompassed eight different lawsuits.
The two day trial on August 17 - 18, 2011, which included a hearing on the recusal of Judge Mary Doggett, occurred before a packed courtroom of church members in the Ninth Judicial District Court in Alexandria. The case involved legal issues regarding the First Amendment and Louisiana corporate law . The case was tried only forty three days after it was filed. Judge Doggett’s ruling was released on September 14, 2011.
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