New Christian Coalition of Alabama Leader Sues Old Leader

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two faith-based Alabama political groups
have taken their dispute to the courtroom.

The new president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, Montgomery physician Randy Brinson, is suing the organization's old leader.

The suit claims that John Giles took the assets of the Christian Coalition of Alabama when he left to start Christian Action Alabama, and he won't give them back.

Giles calls Brinson's suit "frivolous and baseless."

Montgomery Circuit Judge Gene Reese has not yet scheduled any hearings.

Giles was one of the most visible lobbyists in Montgomery until the state coalition split from the national Christian Coalition last year.

Brinson says Giles used the national recognition of the Christian Coalition to build the state group and did not turn over the assets and mailing lists when he left. Giles also kept the same Web site.

Giles' attorney, Jim Bopp, says he will argue that the old group has simply changed names and still legally controls its assets.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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