Update post-TRO hearing below.
Updated 3/30/22 with statement from TXRTL Below.
Another sign things are not going well in the Texas Right to Life world, a suit has just been filed in Harris county petitioning for a restraining order against Texas Right to Life.
Current Revolt has obtained a copy of the suit and included it below.
The plaintiffs in this case include Elizabeth Graham, important stakeholders in Texas Right to Life and individuals like Sid Miller.
Defendants in the case are Texas Right to Life, Richard DeOtte, Walter Pate, and Jeff Lowery.
Via the document:
As a result of a series of events over which Plaintiffs have no control, the viability of TxRTL is at risk. A member of the Board of Directors of TxRTL, Defendant Rich DeOtte, has seized on an opportunity to both humiliate and eliminate the President of the Board, Elizabeth Graham as an employee of the organization. The purpose of these efforts is to, quite obviously, elevate himself as a "savior" of the organization, take over its helm, and lead its operations.
That, despite the fact that he has no particular experience in any of these areas. The effort to replace and isolate Plaintiff Elizabeth Graham has included the recruitment of other board members and staff in his scheme to take over in name and stature the organization which was
built and developed by Jim and Plaintiff Elizabeth Graham, piece by piece. It culminated in the outright dismissal of Plaintiff Elizabeth Graham on March 22, 2022.
The declaration page also contains interesting tidbits claiming Elizabeth Graham was essentially given work orders via text message regarding her responsibilities and behavior. This can be seen on page 3.
This suit comes at a time when TXRTL is undergoing massive changes in it’s organization including the loss of Jim Graham, Rebekah Lentz, and now the firing of Elizabeth Graham.
According to our source, TXRTL proceeded with finalizing the termination of Elizabeth Graham one hour prior to the court hearing.
TXTRL’s attorney argued this would make the issue moot, but it seemed to only annoy the judge. The judge did not issue a TRO but did proceed with scheduling a trial on the case 2 weeks from today. We are told TXRTL did not expect this response from the judge and that the judge was visibly irritated with TXRTL’s legal team.
Update 3/30/22 with statement from TXRTL - Kimberlyn Schwartz, Director of Media & Communication
Although the circumstances are utterly disappointing, an emergency injunction filed by Elizabeth Graham against Texas Right to Life was denied earlier today. The Board of Directors, Executive Director and Department Heads are deeply disappointed that Elizabeth Graham has violated her written agreements requiring Christian arbitration and has instead initiated legal action against our ministry. Her allegations are patently false.