Friday, July 13, 2007
Thanks to Ana Maria Patino for this:
Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minutemen Project has been sued by his former colleagues and supporters, Barbara Coe and Deborah Courtney. This is the second time a lawsuit has been filed in Orange County Superior Court involving the Gilchrist, Coe and Courtney. The first one was dismissed on a technicality. See http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/columns/article_1757702.php
Barbara Coe, President of the California Coalition For Immigration Reform, is one of the plaintiffs. Barbara Coe’s group had been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center here: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp?S=CA&m=5 If you do not remember Barbara she spearheaded Proposition 187, an initiative — thrown out by the courts — that denied government services to undocumented immigrants. One of the other plaintiffs is Deborah Courtney, is a crime victim turned gun-rights advocate.
Barbara and Deborah were on Gilchrist’s Board of Directors until the Board decided to vote Gilchrist out of the Minutemen. The 18-page complaint filed against Gilchrist alleges Gilchrist took money donated to the Minutemen Project and converted it to his own use.