No. 760 (1974).

72 Wis.2d 356 (1976)

241 N.W.2d 163

THOMPSON and wife, Appellants, v. BEECHAM and another, Respondents.

Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

Decided May 4, 1976.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

For the appellants there was a brief and oral argument by Robert E. Sutton of Milwaukee.

For the respondents there was a brief by Eisenberg & Kletzke and oral argument by Jerome F. Pogodzinski, all of Milwaukee.


In 1971 the plaintiffs George and Elizabeth Thompson filed a lawsuit against H. Matthew Beecham, the minister of the church to which they belonged, and De Witt C. Walker, chairman of the church board of trustees. After a trial to a jury, the trial court directed a verdict against the plaintiffs on their claim of malicious prosecution and on their claim against Walker for abuse of process. After the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs on their...

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