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June 23, 1989
"I've heard of circumstances where relatives of the victim had compassion for the perpetrators, but never under circumstances like this." --Prosecutor Alfred French, after Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. pleaded for mercy for four members of the Los Angeles-based religious group who were convicted in Oregon of beating Broussard's 9-year-old daughter to death.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1989
"I've heard of circumstances where relatives of the victim had compassion for the perpetrators, but never under circumstances like this." --Prosecutor Alfred French, after Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. pleaded for mercy for four members of the Los Angeles-based religious group who were convicted in Oregon of beating Broussard's 9-year-old daughter to death.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1989
"You're not going to get a jury of peers of these people in this state. Where are you going to find anybody who has any understanding of their background?" --Ron Gray, defense lawyer in the Oregon City manslaughter trial of four members of the Ecclesia Athletic Assn., which originated in South-Central Los Angeles but established a rural Oregon commune.
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June 23, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
After listening stone-faced to a plea for mercy from Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr., a Clackamas County judge Thursday imposed the maximum sentence on four members of the Los Angeles-based religious group who were convicted of beating Broussard's 9-year-old daughter to death. "I am here today to beg the court to please release these people. . . ," Broussard said, choking back tears. "These people are not criminals." Defense lawyers also made impassioned appeals for leniency, describing their clients as honest, hard-working people who believed fervently in Broussard's plan to improve life for ghetto children by giving them a mixture of religion and athletics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1989
The daughter of Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. died of head injuries after she was beaten at a group home in Oregon, a medical examiner testified at the trial of four group members. Dr. Larry Lewman said during the Clackamas County Circuit Court trial of the four adult members of the Watts-based organization who are charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Dayna Broussard, 8, that the girl was the victim of a "homicide from blunt-force head injuries."
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June 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
Each of four Ecclesia Athletic Assn. members was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison today for beating to death the 8-year-old daughter of the founder of the Watts, Calif.,-based group. Clackamas County Circuit Judge John Lowe sentenced the four after hearing an emotional plea to release them from Ecclesia founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. Broussard, dressed in fatigues, told Lowe: "I'm here to beg the court to please release these people until such time as an appeal comes."
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May 12, 1989 | From United Press International
The daughter of Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. was "tortured" during a "theatrical show" staged for other children in the group, a prosecutor said Thursday at the trial of four adults charged in the 8-year-old child's death. "Little Dayna Lorae Broussard was tortured with torture instruments," prosecutor Alfred French III told a Clackamas County Circuit Court jury during closing arguments in the trial of four Ecclesia members charged with manslaughter in the Oct. 13 death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
In the brick courthouse on Main Street in this tiny industrial city, defense attorney Jack Bernstein spent Tuesday morning asking a local steelworker what he knew about a group that came here to escape the inner city of Los Angeles. "I think I've heard too much," the man confessed, and he was correct. Judge John Lowe politely excused him, saying that his services as a juror would not be needed in the manslaughter trial of four members of the Ecclesia Athletic Assn. The previous afternoon, on the other side of town in another courtroom, Judge Robert Morgan listened to the plea of Ecclesia member Ruth Culmer, who wants the state to give her three children back to her. After four hours of emotional wrangling, he rejected her request.
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June 23, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
After listening stone-faced to a plea for mercy from Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr., a Clackamas County judge Thursday imposed the maximum sentence on four members of the Los Angeles-based religious group who were convicted of beating Broussard's 9-year-old daughter to death. "I am here today to beg the court to please release these people. . . ," Broussard said, choking back tears. "These people are not criminals." Defense lawyers also made impassioned appeals for leniency, describing their clients as honest, hard-working people who believed fervently in Broussard's plan to improve life for ghetto children by giving them a mixture of religion and athletics.
NEWS
June 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
Each of four Ecclesia Athletic Assn. members was sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison today for beating to death the 8-year-old daughter of the founder of the Watts, Calif.,-based group. Clackamas County Circuit Judge John Lowe sentenced the four after hearing an emotional plea to release them from Ecclesia founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. Broussard, dressed in fatigues, told Lowe: "I'm here to beg the court to please release these people until such time as an appeal comes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1989 | From United Press International
The daughter of Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. was "tortured" during a "theatrical show" staged for other children in the group, a prosecutor said Thursday at the trial of four adults charged in the 8-year-old child's death. "Little Dayna Lorae Broussard was tortured with torture instruments," prosecutor Alfred French III told a Clackamas County Circuit Court jury during closing arguments in the trial of four Ecclesia members charged with manslaughter in the Oct. 13 death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1989
The daughter of Ecclesia Athletic Assn. founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. died of head injuries after she was beaten at a group home in Oregon, a medical examiner testified at the trial of four group members. Dr. Larry Lewman said during the Clackamas County Circuit Court trial of the four adult members of the Watts-based organization who are charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Dayna Broussard, 8, that the girl was the victim of a "homicide from blunt-force head injuries."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1989
"You're not going to get a jury of peers of these people in this state. Where are you going to find anybody who has any understanding of their background?" --Ron Gray, defense lawyer in the Oregon City manslaughter trial of four members of the Ecclesia Athletic Assn., which originated in South-Central Los Angeles but established a rural Oregon commune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
In the brick courthouse on Main Street in this tiny industrial city, defense attorney Jack Bernstein spent Tuesday morning asking a local steelworker what he knew about a group that came here to escape the inner city of Los Angeles. "I think I've heard too much," the man confessed, and he was correct. Judge John Lowe politely excused him, saying that his services as a juror would not be needed in the manslaughter trial of four members of the Ecclesia Athletic Assn. The previous afternoon, on the other side of town in another courtroom, Judge Robert Morgan listened to the plea of Ecclesia member Ruth Culmer, who wants the state to give her three children back to her. After four hours of emotional wrangling, he rejected her request.
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July 19, 1987 | United Press International
A controversial athletic group founded in Los Angeles says it will establish a training center in the Free Zone of Equatorial Guinea in hopes of hosting the 2000 Olympic Games on the African continent. Ecclesia Athletic Assn. spokeswoman Carolyn Van Brunt said Emmett Cash, president of Eaton House Industries, awarded the group land in the Free Zone on which they will build a training center for would-be Olympic competitors.
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February 8, 1991 | Associated Press
Eldridge Broussard Jr., founder of the controversial Ecclesia Athletic Assn., was arrested today on federal civil rights charges, the FBI said. Broussard, 38, and two of his followers were arrested at a house used by Ecclesia members in north Portland, an FBI spokesman said. Broussard and seven of his followers were named in a 30-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Portland.
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