Eddie Long Case Stuck in Neutral over Deposition Schedule
(Eurweb.com) — Lawyers for both sides in the sexual misconduct case against Bishop Eddie Long are continuing to bicker over the deposition schedule, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Judge Johnny Panos last month signed an order requiring all parties to agree on a mediator no later than Jan. 31 or the court would appoint one. Mediation of the case would begin during the week of Feb 14, according to the order. Now at issue is who will give a sworn deposition first. Lawyers for the defendants requested the men, who have accused Long of using his influence, trips and gifts to entice them into sexual relationships, be deposed first. But B.J. Bernstein, who represents the plaintiffs, wants Long and church members to also be deposed early in the process.