Shield The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth  
March 11, 2010 • Updated March 15, 2010

Second Court of Appeals sets date for hearing


The Diocese has been notified that the Texas Second Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments regarding our Petition for Writ of Mandamus at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. This is very encouraging news.

We will be represented in the hearing by the Hon. Scott Brister, who stepped down from the State Supreme Court last September in order to return to private practice. The court is located in Fort Worth on the ninth floor of the Tarrant County Justice Center. Bishop Iker is calling all clergy and lay people of the Diocese to a day of fasting and prayer on the hearing date.

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs have indicated that they will be seeking a postponement. If the court revises its schedule, we will announce the change.

All proceedings in the suit against us, which were under way in the 141st District Court, remain stayed until the appellate court issues a ruling. If the appellate court grants our Petition, the rival diocese and corporation will be removed as plaintiffs in the suit. Please continue to pray for our legal team, for the 141st District Court, and for its judge, the Hon. John Chupp.

Update: On Friday, March 12, at the request of the attorney representing the plaintiffs, the hearing was rescheduled. The hearing date is now Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 1:30 p.m.