Masons broke own rules, lawyer argues in closing

December 14, 2010
Masons broke own rules, lawyer argues in closing
By Andrew Clevenger
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If the West Virginia branch of the Masons had followed its own rules regarding due process, an administrative law judge expelled from the fraternal organization would not have had to sue the group, his lawyer said Tuesday.

But Charles F. Coleman II and Charles L. Montgomery, the two men who succeeded Frank J. Haas as Grand Master of the state’s Grand Lodge, were so upset with Haas for trying to enact progressive reforms that they summarily expelled him, said Haas’ attorney Bob Allen during his closing argument in Kanawha Circuit Court.

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