Internal process against McFarland on hold as judge considers request for injunction

WASHINGTON, D.C. [April 4, 2013] – The National Grange on Monday learned that it will be about two weeks before a California judge will rule on a petition for an injunction postponing internal proceedings against the suspended California State Grange President Bob McFarland.

McFarland had requested the court’s action to delay an internal Grange trial against him in which he faces several charges related to his actions and conduct while serving as State President that cannot be released due to Grange law and the due process protection it affords. McFarland asked for the injunction earlier in March, just days before he was to be given the opportunity to present his case to a Grange court of his peers.

McFarland argued that until the legal case between the National Grange and the suspended California State Grange – filed in the Sacramento Superior Court on Oct. 1, 2012 over the refusal of the State Grange to follow the By-Laws of the Grange – it was inappropriate for an internal case against him to move forward as per the process outlined in the National Grange Digest.

National Grange President Ed Luttrell said Monday that the delay is unfortunate.

“Waiting two more weeks to know if we can move forward as our Bylaws state is a nuisance, but I am confident that the judge will come to the conclusion that our process should continue,” Luttrell said.

McFarland was suspended on Aug. 6, 2012, and the California State Grange charter was also suspended Sept. 17, 2012.

Luttrell said the organization would not comment on the charges against McFarland, noting ethics built into the Grange’s Bylaws.

“Even as we remain in a holding pattern, we must follow our rules and protect all of our members until the process is complete, even when they choose not to follow the same standards,” Luttrell said.

Luttrell said the case between the suspended State Grange and National Grange was expected to go before a judge between 12 and 18 months after its filing in Sept. 2012.

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