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Televangelist testifies, claims ministry owes him millions
LOS ANGELES — The former host of the televangelist program the “Hour of Power” has testified in bankruptcy court that the ministry he founded owes him for using his creative works in broadcasts and online.
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller testified Wednesday in U.S. District Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles that he never gave up ownership of his written materials and other creative works, although he let Crystal Cathedral Ministries use them for free without receiving royalties.
The 86-year-old Mr. Schuller, once among the best-known televangelists in America, has filed more than $5 million in claims against the ministry in bankruptcy court.
He and his family allege it owes them for unpaid contracts, copyright infringement and intellectual property rights.
Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in 2010 citing $50 million in debt.
Man found guilty in plot to behead witnesses
RALEIGH — A North Carolina man serving a 45-year sentence for a terror plot to attack a U.S. Marine base and overseas targets was found guilty Thursday in a murder-for-hire plot to behead witnesses who testified against him.
Hysen Sherifi, 28, of Raleigh was found guilty Thursday of nine counts related to the murder-for-hire plot, U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said. Sherifi will be sentenced in February, when he faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars.
“This conviction is further evidence of our resolve to pursue those who seek to attack our freedoms and destroy the way of life we all cherish,” Mr. Walker said.
Sherifi represented himself at the trial, which began Monday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh. After opening statements by prosecutors, Sherifi read religious verses in Arabic and lectured jurors on their meaning in English.
“We fight for Allah. We have authority. Do you have authority to make laws for mankind?” Sherifi told jurors. “We do not make laws. We follow the laws that have been revealed by Allah.”