Birmingham Pastor on Trial in Tax Case

BIRMINGHAM (AP) - The pastor of one of the larger churches in Alabama is going on trial on income tax charges.

Jury selection is set to begin today in federal court in Birmingham in the case of Gregory L. Clarke. Clarke is pastor of Birmingham's New Hope Baptist Church, which has about three-thousand members at two locations.

Clarke was indicted in March. He is accused of willfully filing false income tax returns for 2000, 2001 and 2002. The indictment accuses Clarke of owing $30,000 in taxes.

Sam McCord is an attorney for Clarke. He says the pastor filed all the appropriate tax returns for the three years.

Clarke's trial is expected to last at least a week.

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


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