A trial in the dueling lawsuits between former church members and the pastor and trustees of Ebenezer Baptist Church got underway this morning in a packed Erie County Common Pleas courtroom.
Renee Brown, a church member who was ousted from the church along with four other longtime members after they fought a planned expansion of the church, was the first witness to testify before visiting judge Dale Crawford in the overflowing space inside the courthouse's small courtroom.
Crawford at one point suggested he hoped to finish up the trial today or tomorrow, but it appears there are numerous witnesses scheduled to testify.
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