Monday, March 20, 2006

My brothers and sisters, let us heal together
Church Fire Suspects Decline to Post Bond

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Three college students accused in a string of rural Alabama church fires will not seek release on bond on the federal charges, their attorneys said.

A federal magistrate judge said Thursday the three men could be released on $50,000 bond, in cash or property, with strict conditions. But Matthew Lee Cloyd, Benjamin Moseley, and Russell DeBusk Jr. also face state arson charges, and would remain jailed while a state judge considered setting bond.

Moseley's attorney, Bill Clark, said his client had no plans to make the federal bond in recognition of the seriousness of the church fires and in an effort to promote healing. [Ed – looks like Bill is fixin to do some good ol’ repentant-sinner lawyerin for Ben]

"Ben Moseley is concerned for the members of the churches involved, the people in those communities and the injured firefighters," Clark said Saturday in a statement. "It is hoped that this decision will help us move forward with efforts to resolve all of these matters in a way that will result in reconciliation and restoration."… [Ed. - Yeah, he must have been really conflicted as they ignited the splashed accelerant – at nine different churches]

“Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”
Solon

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