TEXARKANA, Ark. – Jurors began deliberating Thursday in the federal sex-crimes case against an evangelist accused of taking underage girls across state lines for sex.
The charges against 74-year-old Tony Alamo could land him in jail for the rest of his life if he's convicted.
The jury began deliberating early Thursday at Texarkana federal courthouse, a day after listening to prosecutors and defense attorneys offer their final portrayals of Alamo.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner described Alamo as a manipulator who dictated everything from what his followers believed to what they could eat. At one point, she turned to stare directly at him.
"Your crimes have been exposed in this courtroom," Jenner said. Alamo sneered and waved her away.
Alamo fell asleep several times during Jenner's closing argument. At one point, his mouth hung wide open as his head rolled back in his chair. A member of his legal team woke him by throwing a pen onto the defense table. When he was awake, Alamo muttered "bull----" at times during Jenner's remarks.
Defense lawyer Phillip Kuhn told jurors not to be swayed by testimony unrelated to the indictment — that Alamo may have had multiple wives, or that he may have set up businesses to evade taxes. He said prosecutors deliberately strayed from the specific charges against Alamo.
"Was it to give Tony a fair trial or was it to turn the jury into a moral mob?" Kuhn asked.
Alamo is accused of taking five young girls across state lines for sex between 1994 and 1995 after "marrying" them. Defense lawyers say prosecutors targeted him because the government is anti-Christian. Alamo has also said the Vatican is behind his troubles.
Defense attorneys largely stayed away from challenging the accusers' testimony about sex with the evangelist. Alamo's lawyers rested their case Wednesday after persuading the flamboyant minister not to testify. Though he had told reporters he would take the stand, Alamo said Wednesday afternoon he chose not to testify in an "unjust court."
Alamo is charged with violating the Mann Act, a nearly century-old morality law. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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[7/31/2009 3:34:02 PM]
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Submitted By: Chi
If it's A-OK to marry several young girls and have sex with them, how come he snuck over state lines? Having multiple wives seems to be very related to the indictment. That is not legal, surely? Did he "divorce" these young girls afterwards? There is another word for time-limited "marriages", it starts with 'pro' and ends with 'tution'.
"turn the jury into a moral mob" Ah, we can't have that, can we? If it was a charge of homosexuality, they would proudly do everything they could to make the jury into a moral mob, but calling the 'mob' an 'army', instead.
8/1/2009 1:43:34 AM
Nathan the Wise
And yet, nobody bats an eye when Orthodox Judaism does exactly the same thing
What, you think nobody is against the frummers the way people are against Christian or Muslim (or whatever) fundies?
Wrong, kiddo. Totally wrong.
8/1/2009 2:25:26 AM
In (very, very, VERY minor) defense of this dickweed, I know of kids that are between 9 and 14, who know the details of sexual relations, and they're SMART ENOUGH to know the consequences (even though two of them go to abstinence-only schools) of such actions. I'm of the opinion that 'age of consent' should be taken on a case-by-case basis, but that's me.
That all being said, I hope this fuck SUFFERS!
8/1/2009 8:02:08 PM
According to Wikipedia, this bastard "married" a nine year old child.
Prophet indeed, Muhammed.
The good news is that your actions will fuck up the entire rest of your life. The bad news is that it will do the same to your victims.
8/2/2009 8:28:59 AM
"the federal sex-crimes case against an evangelist accused of taking underage girls across state lines for sex"
So it's not just Catholic
clergy who go around kiddy fiddling. David Koresh liked to abuse little girls too. Incidentally, cop for this:
Subconscious honesty? You decide...
"Alamo is charged with violating the Mann Act, a nearly century-old morality law. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine"
The old lags & lifers are just gonna love
you - especially someone who's in jail for what you've done! One Word: Freshmeat. Hell, even the cellblock's bitches & cumdumpsters will make you
their bitch & cumdumpster. And consider this: AIDS is rampant in US prisons. Wondering if you'll get the 10 full years is the least of your problems; you'll be lucky to leave there with your HIV- status intact, you nonce.
Enjoy widening the circle of your friends in the slammer - they'll certainly be widening your
circle. Ah, I can but imagine the screams produced by Tony, as he's assraped by all & sundry. What exquisite music! Especially in the showers. Don't forget to drop the soap! And at lights out, as your cellmate Bubba gives you some 'tender' loving, as he whispers in your ear:
'WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?!'
8/2/2009 9:33:47 AM
@Priestling: I'm of the opinion that 'age of consent' should be taken on a case-by-case basis, but that's me.
I almost agree, because you're right, children mature intellectually at different rates. However, for a law like this, it's better, in my opinion, to apply a one size fits all solution than to take each situation case by case.
Further, given the fact that there are plenty of women his own age, not to mention within the 50+ yr range allowed by law that are available, I would have to question why he would feel the need to have sex with a 9 year old, regardless of how mature she is.
8/2/2009 11:19:33 AM
"Defense lawyer Phillip Kuhn told jurors not to be swayed by testimony unrelated to the indictment — that Alamo may have had multiple wives, or that he may have set up businesses to evade taxes."
Yes, because if he was of good moral fiber, they'd be touting that and calling out character witnesses. But don't pay any attention to the other things he may or may not have done wrong.
"Defense lawyers say prosecutors targeted him because the government is anti-Christian. Alamo has also said the Vatican is behind his troubles."
And they produced numerous Chick tracts to prove it.
8/3/2009 3:24:50 PM
Ok, an antichristian government because, of all the Christian denominations, chooses him and a limited number of priests and pastors. Please, if you don´t have an argument, better not to go against the government. It never works.
8/7/2009 8:37:44 AM
Yes Im sure the evil anti-Christian government made up of mostly Christian people just hates him for being a Christian and it has nothing to do with him molesting little girls.
8/11/2009 6:12:38 PM
"Then he'll be taken to whatever passes for medical attention (A BIG CORK) in his prison and patched up just enough to keep him alive and able to suffer the next round, over and over until he finally succumbs to all the anal trauma."
12/1/2009 6:42:51 AM
Well, he got 175 years, so with any luck no-one will ever hear from him again. Mind you, he was locked away once before and still managed to rule his cult from behind bars, so there had better be a damn careful watch kept on this guy.
As for the matter of consent, an article at the Huffington Post, talks of children being regularly beaten for the smallest infringement, of an epileptic being beaten for having a seizure, of children brutalised and terrorised beyond even the dreams of Michael and Debbi Pearl (Link
There was no consent here, however old these children were, only coercion.
12/1/2009 7:12:34 AM
Apparently, diddling pre-pubescent girls doesn't bother everyone. Shortwave broadcaster WINB is still airing his sermons, if anti-Catholic and conspiracy-filled rants can be called that, after he got his 175 year-sentence.
12/1/2009 8:08:32 AM
"Well, he got 175 years"
Good. My schadenfreude levels were OVER 9000 at hearing that news.
Like I say, and those like Tony dare to call we Atheists 'sinners'?! Oh, I'm afraid that after Jim Bakker*, Jimmy Swaggart*, Ted Faggard*, Kent Hovind* et al - and of course Tomy Alamo*, I'm afraid that fundies now only have the right to refer to we Atheists as purer than Jesus, and sinless in perpetuity.
We're certainly morally superior to you fundies - even your 'God' (see the OT).
*- Hubris, thy name is Fundie.
12/1/2009 8:16:42 AM
"the Vatican is behind his troubles"
Maybe if he'd molested boys ...
12/1/2009 8:23:45 AM
It's a sad story.
Those girls lives are ruined, just to satisfy an old pervert.
I'm going to start my own religion so I can get away with all the bullshit I want.
Caught with pot? It's okay, my god (read: ME) told me it's sacrament of mine.
Caught with multiple women? Just spreading the love!
3/1/2010 7:59:42 AM
What is this I don't even...
... and I thought that these things only happen in Hentai...
5/3/2013 5:43:29 AM