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Bill W. Fleener
Silsbee, Texas 77656
United States

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Attorneys for both plaintiff and defendant(s) are in the midst of expedited discovery. In deposition, Mrs. Fleener cited the effort she expended in the creation, writing, publishing and marketing of her novel, a fictional expression of an end-of-times story. These efforts included attempts to get TBN and/or it's principals to assist her with production of a movie from her original story, based loosely on Bible prophecy, global trends in religion, currency markets, politics and advances in technology.

A hearing was held September 18th, 2000, between counsels of the parties to the lawsuit. A "show and tell" of evidence and witnesses to be presented at trial were exchanged. Witnesses for the plaintiff will testify to inside knowledge of TBN's access to and the handling of Mrs. Fleener's manuscript while those witnesses were employed at TBN. There will be more startling revelations. One comment from Mrs. Fleener is that "they took my characters, the beginning, the middle and end of my book." Thirty Eight "non-exhaustive same-nesses" are itemized in the complaint. Experts have found more than 100.

A "Motion to Dismiss as Frivolous" was rejected by the Court on October 2, 2000.

A "Motion for Summary Judgement" (another attempt to have it thrown out) by the defendents, was submitted to the Court in response to that rejection.

On October 23rd, Judge Lourdes Baird released a 38 page document as a "Tentative Ruling", overwhelminly in favor of the Plaintiff, Sylvia Fleener. She told the court that she need not entertain expert testimony for this hearing as she had personally read both books and seen the movie.

On the 30th, Judge Baird made it official, she released a 38 page document as a "Final Ruling" stating DENIAL OF DEFENDANTS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT. Let's move on.

TBN promptly filed an appeal to the judge's ruling. They have asked the court to "certify" the ruling, so they can narrow the requirements of their defense, addressing only those things Judge Baird will put in writing. They are using every stall tactic available at law to slow down the proceedings.

On December 4th, the judge announced her decision to FURTHER DENY them (TBN) any certification of her earlier ruling, as well as any Motion To Appeal the Final Ruling she had previously rendered.

On February 13, 2001, Judge Baird set a trial date as October 2, 2001, with a requirement of completion of discovery on July 2, 2001. She additionally scolded the defendants counsel for having not yet delivered to the court the documents required in plaintiff's discovery motions, particularly the identity and service address of writer Lance Charles, a co-defendant.

Trinity Broadcasting Network's attorneys submitted responses to the Plaintiff's Interrogatories which included the following broad and unilateral denials. "TBN declares they have no contracts with any other defendants in this case. They want "Protective Orders" before releasing any financial disclosure documentation. They are "not a subsidiary" of any corporation. They have never given away The Omega Code.
Well, somebody did and does. If Trinity Broadcast Network has no contracts, nor records of any (then who does?), they made no financial arrangements, have no promotional materials, did not produce, nor assist in anyway with this film, they have referred to it as the "partner's film", .etc., etc.

What were all those commercials we watched on their broadcasts? Do they not remember the free airing of The Omega Code on Thanksgiving Day of 2000? They advertised and aired it as a free gift to all their "partners". Why would a 501C Christian organization want "confidentiality" before they will discuss or disclose anything? Does that mean someone is covering up something. What's your guess? READ ON.

In his deposition, treatment writer Barton Green, AKA "Hollis Barton", denied ever having seen or heard of Sylvia Fleener or her work, The Omega Syndrome. He did, however, talk openly about the use of Michael Drosnin's book, The Bible Code. If you have read this wonderful book and seen the movie, you will recognize the passages they took from his book. Do you suppose they had his permission, or do they just have bad habits? Significant though is that nothing he "created" in his tenure as a writer for hire ever made it into the movie. Seems someone else was driving the boat, and he ended up writing what "they" told him to. Pretty evasive about who "they" are.

The deposition of Jan Crouch was re-scheduled and conducted January 15th & 16th, 2001. When questioned about her involvement in TBN, she acknowledged she is a Director but does not know who else is or may be. She also said always was and is "just" the Program Director for the network and as such does sometimes do original work. "You know, produce shows and find new stuff". She asserted she had never seen the manuscript of The Omega Syndrome and had never heard of Sylvia Fleener until she was told about her pending deposition and was handed the Declaration of Kelly Whitmore to read in preparation for her deposition. Further she said she did not even know about the lawsuit until told in early December that she would be deposed.

A "surprise" question directed to her by Quisenberry concerning her use of an alias, "Do you know the name Beth Dell?"... got a shocked look, a pause, then a "Yes". Her attorney/nephew John Casorio said for the record "She won't be using it anymore!"

She also said that she did not have, never did have, the authority to instruct, supervise, hire or fire employees at TBN, so she never did. She said "Kelly Whitmore was just a housekeeper, probably hired by the property manager, she guessed, and was never, to her knowledge, promoted nor her title and responsibilities changed to anything else".

Kelly Whitmore's deposition followed Jan's. She testified that she was Jan's personal assistant through the transition or move from the Dallas, Texas area to Hendersonville, Tennessee. Her testimony included carrying Sylvia's manuscript around for more than a year at Jan's instruction "As this is our next project, an end-times" movie". Kelly confessed to hating the prospect of working on such a large project. The attorneys skipped over this pretty quickly, and were more interested in when and how Sylvia and Kelly became acquainted, just "how friendly" had they become and what might Kelly have given to Sylvia.

Kelly suffered through a day and a half of grilling over just what she gave to Sylvia. The things she testified to were her "day-timer" with addresses and telephone numbers and a record of some credit card numbers issued for her to use for transactions while at TBN, some miscellaneous receipts from some of those transactions, handwritten notes to Kelly from Jan Crouch, etc. A personalized, unlimited, TBN American Express Credit Card is pretty significant for TBN to have issued to a housekeeper / janitor.

During Kelly's testimony, the TBN attorneys went ballistic with assertions that these items given to Sylvia during Sylvia's search for information concerning her lawsuit "will be recovered". They accused Mr. Quisenvberry of "withholding evidence" (he was never given this stuff as it is not relevant to the case) and Paul Crouch's face reflected his anger, agitation and concern. Amazing how "not knowing what" can strike fear into anyone.

Remember on a recent Behind The Scenes broadcast, Paul said he might just call his "new movie" (working title Omega II, which is the much lauded sequel to The Omega Code) what he always wanted to call it; "When All Hell Breaks Loose"? Well, guess what? When they learned what Kelly had given Sylvia, "All Hell Broke Loose..."

Defendants Paul & Jan Crouch and Western Front, Ltd. (book publisher) were ordered by the court to respond immediately with information concerning Lance Charles as this information is already overdue at the court. Lance Charles (or someone) signed a declaration that "he never heard of The Omega Syndrome" which was filed with the court, as an attachment to their application for SUMMARY JUDGMENT dismissal. Paul Crouch asserts, under penalty of perjury, to the court that he does not know Lance Charles "real name" and all he has is some old phone numbers. Makes one wonder what kind of relationship Paul had with the writer who's name is on "HIS" book. On February 16th, Western Front, Ltd. furnished a "last known" address and telephone number. We'll see if it turns out to be another smoke screen.