We all thought the Bishop Eddie Long sexual lawsuit mediation was about to be concluded. The presiding judge actually announced that the case should have been wrapped up by Easter, but that no longer holds true.

The negotiations have reportedly hit a snag. As a result, the judge told the media he is now going to schedule a trial date for late summer. The threat of a trial appears to conflict with an earlier statement made by State Court Judge Johnny Panos.

Around Easter, Panos said that the major obstacles to settlement had been resolved and that the parties were discussing small details.

Four young men have accused Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, of sexual coercion. Despite denying the allegations, Long agreed to enter mediation.  With the reported breakdown, the potentially sordid details are now bound to come out.

New Birth spokesman Art Franklin declined to comment when reached by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution May 12. –terry shropshire

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  • mina

    We are all responsible for our actions.
    Mina Perry 

    • Kalil Muhammad

      @ Mina, I agree what we all do in the dark will one day come to the light! You can fool the public but never play with the word of GOD and Bishop Long new this better than anyone else!ishop Long new this better than anyone else!

  • Idotson

    “Heavenly Father – hear us – hear our prayer for our men and women spiritual needs, nothing in appropriate. Help them to know your presence within them; strengthen their spirits so they may blossom and grow and your love will shine in their eyes.” Amen. 

  • Idotson

    “Heavenly Father – hear us – hear our prayer for our men and women that come to lean on you. And not lean on their own understandings, help them to know your presence within them; strengthen their spirits so they may blossom and grow and your love will shine in their eyes.” Amen. 

    • Uncle Chuck

      “If any man come to me,
      and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and
      sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”
      (Luke
      14:26)
       

  • Anonymous

     Send him straight to jail.  I can’t understand why anyone supports this monster.  He used his position and authority to take advantage of young people.  How anyone justifies that is beyond me.

    • DON”T BE FOOLED

      I totally agree…LONG IS A USER!!!!

  • gg

    I think it should. Be known if he is or not a WOLF in SHEEP’S clothing and let the evidence speak for itself……

    • DON”T BE FOOLED

      Bishop Long is a user and a pervert with his tight wearing  gay looking  shirts.!!LOL I for one am not a fan of Big Churches that pass the basket around more then once.. Theses churches today are all about money $$$$$….ex: Ike, Dollar,Long…Big Churches ARE WOLFS IN SHEEPS CLOTHING!!

  • Anonymous

    He probably would have come out farther ahead if he had just admiited his guilt from Jump. Now, all of his dirty laundry is going to aired out in court. And..its gonna be messy!!!!!!!! Don’t think every single thing the 4 will say is 100% accurate. But you gotta believetheres will be some fire when the smoke clears. All 4 can’t be lying. The pastor may go down on this one. 

  • Chocoluscious

    Why should he go to jail?  If he were a criminal, he would already be locked up.  This sounds like a civil (mo’ money) case.  The boys were over the age of consent; hence, no crime.  He might have committed sins, but he didn’t commit crimes.  Besides, he paid them handsomely.  What more do they want?  All they’ve done is soil his reputation and the church.  New Birth AND Eddie Long will survive just like all the other preachers who have sex with their parishioners.  The only twist in the story is that young men were used instead of women. This story is as old as the bible itself.