May 13, 2011 by The ReadyWriter
According to news reports the good Bishop Eddie Long’s case may be going to trial after all.
At first all parties involved, were close to a successful settlement but the Judge in the case said he is now preparing for a trial. Judge Johnny Panos didn’t say why the mediation isn’t working, but he revealed that he could start hearing testimony in the fall.
Bishop Eddie Long is being sued by four former members of his New Birth “Missionary” Baptist Church congregation and his “Long Fellow Academy”, who say the Bishop used his power to coerce them into sexual relationships.
Just last month, during the week of Easter Judge Panos said the parties were close to a settlement, now he is telling WSBTV that he is preparing for a trial. The judge says if there is no settlement reached, a trial will begin in August or September.