Felony Convictions

Discussion in 'Masonic Jurisprudence' started by Texmason2004, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Texmason2004

    Texmason2004 Registered User

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    If a master mason commits a felony after becoming a master mason should he be expelled? If there is a law in the grand lodge law book pertaining to this where can it be found?
     
  2. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    I believe this is covered by Art. 505 I will get back with you on this.
     
  3. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    Awww, so close. Do I get proximity points.

    I want to note this only applies to a CONVICTION.
    Article 506.

    Art. 506. Automatic Suspension Or Expulsion. Any Mason
    in the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas shall be expelled or
    suspended, as hereinafter provided, upon his conviction of a felony
    by any court of competent jurisdiction of this or any other state of
    the United States, or by any federal court of the United States.

    1. Suspension shall be effective on the date of sentence and
    continue until said conviction shall become final, at which
    time the subject Mason shall be expelled, said expulsion
    to be effective as of the date of sentence without further
    action by the Grand Lodge.

    2. (a) Should such conviction be reversed or set aside by
    the judgment of any court, the suspension shall continue
    until the final disposition of the case, unless the
    charges shall be dismissed in which event the subject
    Mason shall be restored to good standing without
    further action by the Grand Lodge.

    (b) In any case in which probation or deferred adjudication
    is not in issue, should such conviction be
    reversed or set aside by the judgment of any court,
    the suspension shall continue until the final disposition
    of the case, unless the charges shall be dismissed
    in which event the subject Mason shall be restored
    to good standing without further action of the Grand
    Lodge of Texas.

    (c) In any instance where a Mason is charged with the
    commission of a felony and there is a finding of guilty
    by a court or jury or if a Mason enters a plea of guilty
    or a plea of nolo contendere to such offense of felony
    and the court, after receiving evidence, finds that the
    defendant is guilty and places the defendant on probation
    or otherwise suspends the imposition of the
    sentence, or in the event a defendant is charged with
    the offense of a felony and enters a plea of guilty or
    enters a plea of nolo contendere and the court, after
    hearing evidence, finds that such evidence substanti-
    ates the defendant’s guilt and defers further proceedings
    without entering an adjudication of guilt and
    places the defendant on probation, such proceeding
    shall be deemed a conviction of a felony for all purposes
    relative to this article, and said Mason shall
    be expelled to be effective as of the date defendant is
    placed on probation.

    3. The Grand Secretary shall notify the subject Mason by
    U.S. mail at his last known address of his expulsion or
    suspension from the Lodge as a result of his conviction.
    (Note: See Form 2)

    4. It shall be the duty of the Grand Secretary to certify the
    record of expulsion or suspension, in writing, to each
    Subordinate Lodge of which the Mason is a member and
    any other known organization upon which membership is
    in any manner dependent upon being a Mason under the
    jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas in good standing
    of which the Mason is a member. ( Note: See Form 2)
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2009
  4. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    good answer is good answer.
     
  5. JEbeling

    JEbeling Guest

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    Short answer is "YES"
     

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