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CASE NAME:United States v. William Alexander Lewis
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:William Alexander Lewis (a.ka. My Lord Prophet), William Lenard Lewis (a.k.a. Judah Israel), Muriel S. King (a.k.a. Prophetess Leah Israel), Robert A. McGee (a.k.a. Ezekiel Israel),  Larry E. Branson (a.k.a. Jabez Israel), Theodore R. Jones, Sr. (a.k.a. Jacob Israel), Eddie L. Green, Jr. (a.k.a. Samson Israel), James Nelson (a.k.a. Methusalem Israel)
CITATION:644 F.Supp. 1391
DOCKET NUMBER:G85-133 CR
SOURCE:Lexis Search, Westlaw
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Douglas W. Hillman
YEAR OF ARREST:1985
YEAR OF VERDICT:1986
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Michigan
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:5 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):8
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry, Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to commit involuntary servitude
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 241
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:840 F.2d 1276 (6th Cir. 1988)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

The defendants were leaders of a religious sect, House of Judah, first established in Chicago. The victims, adolescent boys, lived with their parents at a sect camp in Michigan. In 1982, sect leader William A. Lewis convinced members of the camp to sign a document whereby they agreed to submit to various forms of physical punishment for failing to adhere to the sect’s strict code of behavior and discipline.

Under Lewis’s authority and direction, members of the camp were subjected to beatings and whippings. One of the victims died from repeated beatings.

All the Defendants, except for James Nelson, were convicted after a bench trial of involuntary servitude and conspiracy to commit involuntary servitude. Nelson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit involuntary servitude.

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