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2/11/10

Convicted Lubbock pastor turned down by U.S. Supreme Court

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Disgraced former pastor James C. Clark of Lubbock will not get his day in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.  A writ of certiorari was denied, which means the 5th Circuit ruling in his case stands.  Clark appealed his 2008 conviction for "importing an alien for immoral purposes," claiming it was unconstitutionally vague.  The 5th Circuit ruled otherwise. 

Clark was pastor of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church of Lubbock.  He brought a young woman from the nation of Kenya to Levelland so that she could enroll in South Plains College.  Prosecutors say he demanded sexual favors from her in exchange for the cost of her college tuition. She refused and instead reported him to law enforcement.  Clark was also convicted in a separate case of laundering federal money that should have gone to feeding needy children in summer programs.    

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