Court Date Set In ORU Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 31st 2007, 8:43 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A Tulsa County judge will hear motions next month in a lawsuit filed by three former Oral Roberts University professors against the school, president Richard Roberts and three administrators. Tulsa County District Judge Rebecca Nightingale set a December 11 hearing in the highly publicized case.

John Swails, Tim Brooker and Paulita Brooker alleged in their lawsuit that they were fired or quit, either for refusing to use staff and students to work on a Tulsa mayoral candidate's campaign, or for telling a regent about an alleged ``scandal vulnerability'' report.

Contained in the report are accusations that Richard Roberts and his family spent ORU money to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

Roberts has denied the allegations, but said October 18 he would take a leave of absence as president.

The professors’ attorneys have released a packet of information they say led to their clients’ dismissals. The packet is a list of rumors compiled by Richard Roberts' sister-in-law, his community and government liaison.

To read the lawsuit against Roberts, click here.

For complete coverage of the lawsuit against ORU, click here.