Posted on March 22, 2007

Judge Urges Settling Minuteman Dispute

AP, March 22, 2007

A judge urged the ousted founder of the Minuteman Project to resolve his power struggle with the anti-illegal immigration group’s board of directors out of court, but he indicated he would issue a ruling if necessary.

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Judge Randell L. Wilkinson suggested that Gilchrist work out his disagreements with board members through mutually trusted intermediaries. If that wasn’t possible, the judge indicated he would rule on whether control should be returned to Gilchrist until a trial can be held on whether the board was justified in removing him.

Gilchrist called the differences “irreconcilable.” He said he could not be an ally of people who have filed complaints against him with the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service.

The three directors he is suing said they tried unsuccessfully to get Gilchrist to address their concerns in December.

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