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Judge rules in favor of Shreveport church during civil suit

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Some members of a Shreveport church were called to a courtroom Monday afternoon because of demands from one of their own.

Robert Wills is a member of Hopewell Baptist Church on C. E. Galloway Boulevard. He said he was denied a request from a deacon, Bernard Cooper, for a written report of the church's finances. He ended up calling church leaders before a judge over the refusal.

"It's a misunderstanding, is what I'm calling it," said Cooper's attorney S. P. Davis. "The church is still unified, and we want to continue as a unified arm in Christ Jesus."

It is not immediately clear why Wills made his initial request, and he declined to comment after court.

The judge heard both arguments, and ultimately ruled in favor of the church, saying that Wills' request did not have to be fulfilled.

Even though the church can't be compelled to provide that written financial record, they must produce those records for any church member to review. Church leaders said they would be more than happy to comply.

Hopewell Baptist officials were ordered to meet with Wills to set a deadline for him to review the financials.

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