NEWS FROM THE COURTROOM

It was heartwarming to see the number of people who care and wanted to see the right thing done. We've received encouraging notes from thousands of AKA members and friends. Many sorors took the time out of their busy schedules on Friday, September 18, 2009 to be with the Plaintiffs in court. AKA members from California, Georgia, Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York were there together, standing up for justice, accountability and transparency.

  • The defense attorney requested that the judge delay the conference until ruling on the defendants' motion to dismiss the case. The request was denied and the case was placed on the court schedule.
  • The judge issued an order setting forth the deadlines for completing the discovery phase of the litigation. All documents must be exchanged and all depositions must be held before March 17, 2010. Motions must be made before May 3, 2010. The case will be re-evaluated to see whether the case should be submitted for alternative dispute resolution on May 17, 2010.
  • The judge stated that she will not review documents submitted to her by individuals other than the parties'attorneys. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY CORRESPONDENCE ON BEHALF OF THE PLAINTIFFS TO THE JUDGE.
  • The defendants admitted that photocopies of the checks totaling $499,699.00 payable to Barbara McKinzie are true copies of the checks issued to her.
  • The defendants admitted that the memorandum written to Betty James from an accountant directing James to issue checks totaling $345,000.00 to Barbara McKinzie was real.
  • The judge did not rule on the motion to compel production of the records. We anticipate that she will direct the defendants to open the books and records for inspection in our favor.

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