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Professed Lesbian UM Found Not Guilty Of Being A Professed Lesbian UM Pastor By Her Pro-homosexuality Clergy Peers

From: Richard Heyduck [mailto:rheyduck@ev1.net]
Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 7:22 PM
To: cmdiscuss@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [cmdiscuss] If Dammann is Acquited Today

Here's the news item:

*Dammann Trial Verdict*

(3:45 p.m. PT, Saturday, March 20, 2004)

BOTHELL, Wash. -- The 13-member jury in the trial of the Rev. Karen Dammann has returned a verdict of not guilty.

Eleven members of the jury -- or trial court -- voted not guilty, while two jurors were undecided. The trial court comprises a panel of Dammann's clergy peers in the United Methodist Church's Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference.

Nine guilty votes would have been needed to have convicted Dammann. In a United Methodist clergy trial, the respondent has the right to appeal a guilty verdict. However, the church cannot appeal a not-guilty verdict.
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