Motions in Limine
False Prophet Ronald Weinland made yet another public appearance today following his last public appearance in front of adoring church members in the UK prior to Christ’s returns this coming Saturday at sundown in Jerusalem. Today’s appearance was before a less friendly audience in US Federal Court. Accompanying Ronnie was his attorney, Robert C. Webb of the Frost Brown Todd law firm in Lexington, KY. The criminal trial remains set for June 4 with jury selection to begin after 9:30 AM.
Both the government attorney and Ronnie’s attorney filed motions in limine. A “motion in limine” is one at the start of the preceding and these motions were filed asking the the court to prevent the opposing party from using particular witnesses or testimony. The parties have until Friday to settle issues or file additional motions for a possible hearing next week on Wednesday.
Ronnie’s attorney filed the following motions:
- to disallow the IRS special agent who investigated the case to testify as a summary witness as she could actually testify as an expert witness, and furthermore to exclude her testimony as an expert witness on the technicality that the government did not identify her as such before the deadline.
- to prevent the government from using Ronnie’s unconventional and unusual religious views to impeach any witness’s testimony
- to prevent the government from using PKG members or other lay witnesses to identify expenditures made by Weinland
One of those PKG members who might be asked to testify is Johnny Harrell. Rumor has it that the IRS is investigating Johnny’s and Myrtle’s taxes for the past several years. And Johnny likely was the other signatory on Ronnie’s Swiss bank accounts which if so would mean that he would have been required to file an annual report on those accounts with the government.
The government also had motions:
- to exclude the expert testimony of a former IRS special agent pointing out that his knowledge was obsolete, having retired in 1999 following the filing of an EEOC complaint coincidentally filed by the case special agent against him as he was her supervisor at the time
- to exclude the testimony of an expert witness as to the fair market value of the church office space in Ronnie’s home on the golf course. Seems Ronnie has already deducted the cost of his home as a parsonage and the the government is not going along with this attempt at double dipping
- to exclude the testimony of an expert witness as to the fair market value of Jeremy Weinland’s services to the church maintaining the church website
- to exclude the audio recording of the sermon Ronnie delivered in December of 2002 as evidence of the Swiss bank accounts were church and not personal accounts.
There were some gems inside the filings. Such as this statement about Ronnie’s kids: “Financial documents demonstrate the Defendant paid for some of the living expenses of his adult children and was reimbursed by the church. Jeremy’s educational expenses, a luxury automobile, and other expenses were paid, in part, in this manner.” There was a mention of church members employed by the church: “In addition, the United States is aware of other persons who performed computer, website, and book related services. Those persons were volunteers, except for the W-2 church employees (Ronald Weinland, Steve Dalrymple, and Audra Little). In 2008, the church paid Gregg Chris as a contractor to provide information technology services.” That would actually be Greg Chipps, although I thought he was a full-time employee with the princely salary of $36,000/year. Seems Ronnie did a little creative maneuvering after the IRS opened its investigation: “The church did issue Jeremy a 1099 that is dated in March 2009 for $16,835.00. This document, like the 1040 the Defendant filed in 2010 for the 2008 year and the 1040X the Defendant filed in 2011, may be evidence of the Defendant’s consciousness of guilt, but it has no bearing on the Defendant’s attempts to evade his tax liabilities in 2008. The 1099 issued to Jeremy was provided in reciprocal discovery. Jeremy, however, lives in Germany and there is no other reliable information that Jeremy was providing contract services to the church in 2008 or at any other time.”
The content of the motions was less significant than the nature of the response. On January 14, Ronnie stated:
I know we believe that but sometimes people are put to the test as to whether they really believe it, because if you really believe it then you live by it, truly. Think of something I heard this past week that’s… I don’t know if there are very many, but in one particular case, some even ordained, making comment they’re saving certain funds aside in case Jesus Christ doesn’t return on May 27th. I am astounded at such a comment! I am dumbfounded by such a comment! And I think… “What are we holding back and why would we hold anything back? Do we believe this with all of our being, because if we don’t we need to bring ourselves into check and examine ourselves and go back to the sermon we heard at the end of the Feast!” How can you represent God’s way of life? How can you be a part of something so great, so awesome and have such mighty reservations in your mind?
So tell us Ronnie, how much did you hold back to pay your talented law firm to file all those motions for you? How much did you hold back to pay your expert witnesses? After all, your trial doesn’t start until June 4, well after you become a member of Elohim. I am astounded that you would do that. I am dumfounded that you would do that.
Update: Since making this posting, I see that the Cincinnati Enquirer has an article on the topic, similar to this one. There ya go Bob and Dixon, you can quote that source so you don’t have to mention mine.