Contempt charges against Memphis church pastor dropped - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Contempt charges against Memphis church pastor dropped

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Contempt charges against the senior pastor and church leaders of a large Memphis church have been dismissed by the state Court of Appeals.

The charges originated with a 2002 lawsuit in which members of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church sued pastor Frank A. Thomas and other leaders, alleging mishandling of church funds.

The two sides entered into a settlement agreement through the state Chancery Court in 2003, with promises not to retaliate, harass or interfere with one another in carrying out their responsibilities at the church.

But church members later complained that Thomas and his supporters mocked and threatened church members who opposed him.

In August 2004, Chancellor Walter L. Evans sentenced Thomas to jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court.

The appellate court ruled the Chancery Court had no jurisdiction over the matter.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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