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COGIC COO deposed in Donald Barrett trial

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

JuryBoxTrials create strange bedfellows when it comes to unearthing the layers of lies created by COGIC leadership to conceal the ungodly activities of its sexually abusive clergy. Report COGIC Abuse has learned that the denomination’s COO James Smith was ordered to be deposed in the trial of accused sex abuser and former Administrative Assistant Donald K. Barrett. See our previous reports on Barrett here and here. You can go here to see a picture of Barrett as he has complained about the use of his picture.

Pending the outcome of the trial, Barrett has recast himself as a “21st century church leadership consultant” concerned about issues such as “resolving conflict” in the church. Noticeably missing are concerns about resolving sexual abuse, adultery, lying, deception and criminal activity in the church.

Judge Jeffery Barton, presiding in the Superior Court of California, ruled that the plaintiff’s lawyers could put Smith on the stand under oath. We believe it involves the incendiary letter which bore Smith’s name and fingered Enoch Perry as a colossal failure of COGIC legal strategies on sexual abuse.

“Ruling on the Deposition of James Smith: Plaintiff Ingar Jones’ unopposed motion to compel the deposition of James Smith is granted. Plaintiff and defendants should confer as to when a mutually agreeable date may be set within the next 20 days to take Smith’s deposition. Nothing in this ruling affects whether defendant Church of God in Christ, Inc.’s (“COGIC-TN” or “church”) may assert any privilege. The deposition should be completed in 3 hours.”

The trial minutes reveal that Judge Barton ordered the deposition November 2, 2012, allowing 20 days for completion. That would mean Smith was deposed by November 22, 2012.

Report COGIC Abuse also received unconfirmed information that Smith denied being the author of the letter instead saying he was ordered by a senior church official to write the letter and put his name on it.

We are working hard to obtain a copy of the deposition and will post it for your review.

What Ruth Barrett knew

According to the official  minutes of the case, the plaintiff’s evidence indicates Ruth Barrett more than likely knew her husband was an adulterer while he was still preaching and holding office in COGIC:

“Plaintiffs’ evidence show that Ruth Barrett may have known that there was a sexual relationship between Harris and Donald Barrett in 2004, which may have continued thereafter. Their evidence does not show that Ruth Barrett knew of her husband’s sexually abusive conduct and/or physical violence against plaintiffs. Thus, though the evidence shows that Ruth Barrett was the attorney for COGIC and Greater Gospel, and may have known about her husband’s indiscretions, even if she is considered an agent for
the entity, there is insufficient evidence to show that her knowledge of Barrett’s abusive misconduct was conveyed, or should have been conveyed, to the church entities. With regard to plaintiffs’ assertion that Ruth Barrett represented the church and offered a post-dated check, even if it was to “hush up” Jones, this does not fall outside the fabric of duties as an attorney to support punitive damages.”

Ruth Barrett attempted to personally pay off the women to keep her husband’s nefarious lifestyle undercover.

Law firm seeking additional victims of Dr. Donald Barrett

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The San Diego based law firm representing one of the victims who filed suit against Dr. Donald K. Barrett believes there are more victims who have not yet come forward.

The firm is seeking to have individuals who have been harmed by Dr. Barrett contact them.  Barrett started his religious career in Chicago, Illinois. He left from pastoring a COGIC in Harvey, IL in 2003,  then moved to San Diego.  He then moved to Arizona and eventually to the Atlanta area.  Lawyers believe he may have left a string of victims in the wake of his moves.

Both Barrett and his wife Ruth claim to hold doctorates in theology and law respectively, but do not list the schools which awarded the degrees. Ruth Barrett’s bio says she was a “staff attorney” for the Church of God in Christ national legal department under Enoch Perry.

If you or someone you know has been harmed sexually or financially by Dr. Donald K. Barrett, you can confidentially submit your contact information to cogicabuse@gmail.com and it will be forwarded to the law firm.

RCA will provide more specific details of the lawsuit this week.

Lawsuits filed against COGIC, Inc; Southern CA 2nd Jurisdiction

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

**EXCLUSIVE DEVELOPING REPORT**

Report COGIC Abuse has learned that two women have filed separate lawsuits against a former administrative assistant to Bishop George McKinney, bishop the Church of God in Christ Southern California Second Jurisdiction based in San Diego.

Principal defendants named in the suit are Dr. Donald K. Barrett and his wife Attorney Ruth Barrett who now reside in Stone Mountain, GA an Atlanta suburb.  From the website for the Arizona church:  “Attorney Ruth Lenetta Lewis-Barrett who is a staff attorney with the General Counsel’s Office of the Church of God in Christ.”  The denomination’s website lists her as “chief of research” under COGIC’s “General Counsel”, the controversial Enoch Perry. Perry has presided over a string of legal blunders according to a letter by the church’s COO James Smith.  Barrett moved to Atlanta and is now the leader of an apparently non-COGIC religious organization called Jesus is Lord Fellowship of Churches and Ministries.

Also named in the suits:  Church of God in Christ, Inc., Southern California 2nd Jurisdiction, Greater Gospel Temple COGIC and New Direction Ministries COGIC in Yuma, AZ.

According to official court records, the civil suits were filed by Barbara Harris and Ingar Jones  in California’s Superior Court May and June 2011, respectively.

Although the lawsuits do not specify the nature of the suits, Report COGIC Abuse was informed by a legal source that both cases involve sexual violations.

Court Cases

Barbara Harris

Ingar Jones