Although the story has just now hit the media, the decision was rendered on December 9th, 2011 by a circuit court judge. New Beginnings Pastor David Kennedy contended he is the owner of the building which houses the Redneck Shop, but the shop's proprietor, John Howard, contends he has an agreement which allows him to keep the Redneck Shop open there as long as he lives. The judge ruled in favor of Kennedy and ordered Howard to pay Kennedy's legal bill of $3,300, but did not explicitly order Howard to vacate the building.
|The shop's meeting hall|
In reaction, David Kennedy says the court ruling now guarantees his right to enter and inspect the building that his church rightfully owns, something he says the store owner has banned him from doing. Although he's keeping his plans for the building a secret, he says his plans don't include the Redneck Shop, which means he intends to try to evict John Howard. Kennedy says he hopes to inspect the building this week and move forward with his secret plans. His church currently meets in a double-wide mobile home. Meanwhile, John Howard said he did not know about the judge's decision and deferred comment to his attorney, who has not yet returned a message. Another prominent player on Howard's side is ANP SA Political Adviser John Taylor Bowles, who lives in the area. Update January 5th: Bowles doesn't think this will be a problem in the short term:
...nothing changes at all. As long as the Redneck Shop owner is alive he can operate his business in the building and the American Nazi Party can hold its activities there as well. The sky did not fall and the ground did not opened up.
The American Nazi Party has not yet posted any public reaction to this development, perhaps waiting to see what happens next. Obviously if John Howard is forced to move out of the building, the ANP will lose access to the meeting hall where they've held their Christmas parties and a few indoor rallies. The New Beginnings Baptist Church doesn't look like it has the financial resources to try and buy out Howard, so there might be another court fight between Kennedy and Howard if Kennedy decides to try and break the special clause in the deal.