Statement on Shamblin Litigation - Round Two - 8.18.2009
by Rev. Rafael D Martinez, Director, Spiritwatch
On August 18, 2009 while visiting an Internet bulletin board, I was surprised to see that someone there had noted that the
Nashville newspaper The Tennessean had posted a news bulletin in which it was indicated that Gwen Shamblin and Tedd Anger, two of the top leaders of the Remnant Fellowship cult, had once again embarked on a course of litigation against me. The original link was at one time
but the text of the Tennessean article can be found at this Knoxville area TV station's website here.
It was alleged by the newspaper reporter, one Mitchell Kline, that he'd called to get our reaction and that I "did not immediately return a reporter's phone call."
No such phone call was ever received from the reporter - had there been one,
there would have been no surprise upon reading the article.
Be that as it may, I would later find out this was civil action 09476 as filed at the Williamson County courthouse
in Franklin, Tennessee. This was actually issued on August 12, 2009, and Shamblin's lawyer, one Samuel Harris, finally arranged to have me served on August 26 with the actual documents, which I forwarded to my legal team for our formal response. The wheels of justice tend to turn slowly sometimes, I guess
This time, after reading it, the suit didn't involve most of Remnant's inner circle of leadership for reasons that would become all too apparent. To bolster their allegations, only Anger and Shamblin decided to vent their spleens through the courts in an effort to quash my personal opinions. They chose again to do this through the filing of a lawsuit for my "(publishing) to the whole world via the internet extremely outrageous, discriminatory, defamatory, and false accusations that has caused damage to the Plaintiffs' reputation and emotions .. (causing) damage to the Plaintiffs' right to privacy because it places them in a false light and subject to ridicule by the public," not to mention, of course, the claim that "the Plaintiffs have suffered damages to their reputations and potential incomes."
The so-called "final straw" for Shamblin and Anger was their reaction to comments I posted on a news blog in August, 2008 that carried a report of another tragic death of a child in another cultic group situation, a group calling itself
One Mind Ministries. I posted
personal response on Celebgalz.com upon the sad affair that I felt had parallels to the
Joseph and Sonya Smith tragedy. For people whose seared consciences may finally be reengaged, this became apparently too intolerable for both Shamblin and Anger to behold and they found what they perceived an opportunity to claim a higher moral ground they, in my opinion, have never actually held. It
is this response that drew their ire - and this time, they seek a total of
$700,000 of damages for the supposed injuries they've allegedly suffered as a
result of my personal opinions.
| (WARNING: Unlike in August, 2008 the Celebgalz.com site where my response is posted now
uses aggressive adware that also can swiftly launches a malware attack on your
computer. BE ADVISED! If you would like to read my response in full, view it
on the copy of Shamblin and Anger's complain posted below - which, amazingly, they
I fully stand by what I have written and am unafraid to own my opinions, especially when they are based on factual public record that has been circulating for years. It is the machinations and intrigues of Shamblin and Anger that stand to lose the most when objective information about their doings is raised in the marketplace of freedom of expression.
It's not so much that their own personal self-esteem is being lost (a quantity Mrs. Shamblin and Anger constantly advise others to bury within themselves, by the way) but
the control and manipulation over their following that they are struggling to
maintain with recent defections from their leadership as well as the loss of
actual church membership. Their lawsuit, I feel, is an attempt to provide for
them a diversion from the intense internal scrutiny they are currently
The allegations of Shamblin and Anger, as stated in their complaint are not only without merit but once again, completely frivolous and are in themselves another calculated ruse to silence our
work. We categorically and
unequivocally deny their claims and intend to vigorously respond to them.
Stay tuned for updates.
Click to read a copy of Shamblin's summons to answer to the
litigation (Adobe .PDF file)
Click to read a copy of our response to the summons (Adobe.
Click to read copies of the following (Adobe.
The Motion For Summary Judgment
The Affidavit Of Rev. Rafael Martinez with a detailed list of Exhibits
A Statement Of Undisputed Material Facts
Click below to read copies of the following Responses just
filed to the Court the week ending March 19, 2010
Response of the Plaintiffs
to the Motion for Summary Judgment (Adobe.PDF
The Reply Of The
Defendant To The Plaintiff's Response (Adobe.PDF
THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO BE
HEARD ON THE 22ND DAY OF MARCH, 2010
AT 9:00 A.M.
Robbie Beal granted our
motion for summary judgment.
Read the Court
Ruling granting our motion! (Adobe.PDF
UPDATE - 13 APRIL 2011
Court of Appeals of Tennessee upheld
the summary judgment over the appeal of Shamblin and Anger.
Ruling upholding the judgment! (Adobe.PDF
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ moved along by your prayers and support and the
sharp lawyering by our legal team of Phil Anderson and John Belcher!
now consider this file closed and the legal victory our own.
is now Gwen Shamblin who has to wonder why "Zion" continues to
lose in the courts, choose who she will target in her church pecking order
to blame for this embarassment, and for her followers to consider how much
longer they will continue to uncritically accept the questionable authority
of their "prophetess."
Inquiries have come in about donations to
Spiritwatch Ministries to assist in the legal expenses we are incurring as a
result of this lawsuit. All donations are both appreciated and needed
Sent them directly to the "Martinez
Escrow Account" at
G. Philip Anderson
155 Franklin Road, Suite 120
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
The LORD is known by the judgment which
the wicked is snared in the work of his
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