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Court Date Delayed
This article is written by nationally recognized
historian and oft-quoted Alcoholics Anonymous archivist
latest news in the case of a German A.A. member being
sued for printing and distributing free Alcoholics Anonymous
literature, is an attorney for the GSO in Germany (AAeV)
in Frankfurt wrote to the court requesting a postponment
due to illness. He stated he needed a vacation to recouperate.
has also been some action on the part of German Delegates
for their General Service Conference, via urgent requests,
to postpone the trial until after the conference (which
is held in April). The delegates wanted to be able to
vote upon whether or not litigation was in violation of
the 5th Warranty of the 12th Concept for World Service.
new trial date has been set for May 28, 1998. That is,
unless the German General Service Conference Delegates
vote that litigation is a violation due to public controversy
and personally punitive actions against an AA member.
requests have been made to the US/Canada General Service
Conference. All of which have been denied access as an
agenda item to the upcoming US/Canada Conference in April.
were also several "minority opinion" requests
made for an agenda item to be placed before the 1998 Conference
for a full disclosure of total litigation and legal costs.
These too have been met with a denial for these requested
agenda items to be placed.
was another "minority opinion" agenda item proposed
relating to a Tradition violation by the Board of Trustees.
This violation of Tradition 7 was the fact that the Board
of Trustees and AA World Services had accepted an incentive
payment of $250,000 from the City of San Diego to host
the 1995 World Service Convention. There are also plans
to accept as incentive payment, $100,000 from the host
city of the year 2000 Convention in MN. These payments
by municipalities clearly violate the Tradition which
states that AA will not accept outside contribuions.
"minority opinion" request may or may not be
allowed to be placed before the 1998 Conference. This
proposal for a vote whether or not to return the $250,000
to San Diego was made by a former Trustee.
World Serivces is continuing to accept stories for the
proposed 4th Edition of the Big Book. These new stories
will replace several of the currently existing ones, including
several of the pioneer stories. Who knows, maybe no one
will ever be able to refer to page 449 anymore relating
will keep you updated on any new developments.
will be revealed