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Report COGIC Abuse applauds decision to remove Enoch Perry III as COGIC chief counsel

perry-enochThe man at the center of many of COGIC’s incredibly bad legal decisions since 1996 is no longer chief counsel of the nation’s largest black pentecostal denomination. Bishop Enoch Perry of Washington, DC didn’t make the cut of retained appointments announced recently at the denomination’s annual leadership conference in Atlanta, GA.

Perry had been COGIC’s chief behind-the-scenes architect of sexual abuse “policy” in the last few years. He’s navigated church leadership though numerous legal waters with ubiquitous ease, donning different faces depending on which court room he happened to find himself in. In November 2009,  when Bishop Charles Blake dropped a bombshell announcement that his denomination spent on a yearly average $800,000 to settle sexual abuse claims against the church,  he actually thanked Perry for his cacophony of supporting distortions.

Report COGIC Abuse obtained a copy of the 2008 court deposition of Church of God in Christ top “legal counsel” Enoch Perry who testified under oath that COGIC has virtually no control over its ministers or churches.  But that admission quickly caught the former judge in a series of exchanges where he was less than truthful. The deposition occured in early September 2008, almost a year prior to the approaching sexual abuse trial of Rev. Sherman Allen, a former top COGIC church official.

In March 2011, Perry was the target of a widely circulated letter by the church’s COO James Smith. The seven page letter with almost 4000 words[pdf], accused the church’s top legal man of a plethora of legal, ethical and financial improprieties. The letter, in effect predicted a looming financial doomsday for the Church of God in Christ and laid the blame at the feet of its  “incompetent” counsel  Enoch Perry III.

Regrettably, I must bring to your attention the ongoing dilemma which the National Church has dealt with for many years and will continue to face as a result of the grossly ineffective, entirely inadequate and extremely costly representation being afforded to date by our General Counsel, Judge Enoch Perry, III. As I will address more fully below, in less than a one (1) year time span, the National Church has paid out over $1,000,000 solely due to the lack of sufficient legal acumen and fatal errors in judgment by our General Counsel.

Smith was retained as COO during the leadership conference and Perry was replaced by Ulysses Henderson a somewhat unknown church attorney who is mentioned in the April 2010  General Assembly minutes as participating in a phone call regarding contracts for the national convocation. Henderson’s photo was conspicuously missing from an official poster featuring the new and retained appointees.

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