On May 31, 1983, a full ten and a half months after Duddy's letter to him dated July 15, 1982, David Brooks
testified that although he
had no reason to doubt Duddy's truthfulness, no one on the Board of Trustees or within SCP
had investigated whether Duddy's charges were true, and the Board of Trustees had taken no action on them.17 If Duddy's account is trustworthy, then SCP
was not crippled by an inability to pay for its legal defense but had instead misappropriated funds given for that defense.
14Letter from Neil Duddy to David Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SCP, and Michael Woodruff, SCP Counsel, July 15, 1982.
17Deposition of David Brooks
, Witness Lee et al v. Neil T. Duddy et al, May 31, 1983, pp.
29According to a letter to the editor from David Brooks, President of SCP's Board of Trustees, which was printed on page 21 of the June 14, 1985, issue of Christianity Today, Woodruff had been providing legal services to SCP for more than 10 years.
[Brooks] Alexander and his
fellow SCP activists promised the Malnaks [the lead plaintiffs in the case] they would come to New Jersey to assist with the brewing conflict there.
Perhaps most tellingly, in the conflict between Neil Duddy and SCP, Duddy "asked both Dr. Enroth and Woodruff that Woodruff not be the mediator of reconciliation because there were too many friendships involved" (Letter from Neil Duddy to David Brooks and Michael Woodruff, July 15, 1982).