Pressing charges

Discussion in 'Masonic Jurisprudence' started by JTM, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    Can someone bring an EA up on masonic charges?

    What about an EA bringing charges up on another EA, or a MM?

    Is it still taken care of in the same way?
     
  2. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    Wow, Great question.
     
  3. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    I would say no since an EA cant vote, but just guessing...
     
  4. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    I think an EA can bring charges but do not know I will have to look into that but I do now you would just protest an EA or FC's advancment if they do something dumb.
     
  5. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Yup- Art. 495.

    I find nothing to indicate that only MM's can file charges, so I would conclude, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that an EA could file an accusation against another EA, a FC, or a MM.
     
  6. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    i don't have the book in front of me, nor could i find it online. can you post exact articles online for the rest of the forumgoers (i believe you to be right, but perhaps it's different in other jurisdictions and most don't have ready access to a masonic law book from texas)?

    a candidate raised the original question about a friend of his joining the craft that he himself would have problem with, and i'd like to be able to cite a source. it would be helpful.
     
  7. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Let me see if I can find the GL Law on here where I can c&p it. I ain't much of a typist.
     
  8. Ben Rodriguez

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    Pardon my lack of knowledge, but what is exactly is meant by "charges" ?
     
  9. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    Bless you Brother Ben where is your Lodge I am coming to visit!!!
     
  10. Ben Rodriguez

    Ben Rodriguez Registered User

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    By all means brother, come on out! Stanfield 217 in Denton TX, we have a MM degree tomorrow night! :)
     
  11. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    Wow, we could definitely swing Denton. Not tonight though... When is your stated meeting?
     
  12. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Sorry 'bout that- it's when a Brother makes a formal complaint against another, much like somebody can be "charged" with a crime. Us old guys are still using the old terminology- since Title V was revised, it's now properly put "accusing of a Masonic disciplinary violation". (Why use one word where three will do? :D)
     
  13. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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    Thursday night and I think I might go, I will be in Rhome and you know what they say "when in Rhome go to Denton!!"
     
  14. Ben Rodriguez

    Ben Rodriguez Registered User

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    Thank you for the information!

    Our stated meeting is every first Tuesday of the month, next one scheduled for Sep. 1st as follows:
    Dinner 6:30 Meeting 7:30
    We are located at 316 West Highland Street Denton, TX 76201
     
  15. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    May try to make that one.
     
  16. Bill Lins

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    Someone (don't remember who) awhile back posted a link to the GLoT Law online, but I can't find it. Does anybody have it?
     
  17. rhitland

    rhitland Founding Member Premium Member

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  18. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Thanks, Rhit!
     
  19. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    In Kentucky, it is easy to prevent an EA or FC from advancing.
     
  20. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    In Texas there are two ways of preventing an EA or FC from advancement. One by multiple protests that can be made IN PERSON (telephone if the WM will accept) or by requesting a vote on his advancement. Which in that case it would be done by show of hands or secret ballot.

    The articles that come into play here are:

    Art. 407
    Art. 417
    Art. 418
    Art. 421
    Art. 423
    Art. 426
    Art. 438

    I'll let you all look em up and read them. I recommend starting at Art. 426.
     

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