Despite the flurry of news reports about them, the suits alleging that DeKalb County, Ga., megachurch pastor Eddie Long coerced young men into sexual relationships are in the earliest stages of litigation.

But some clues about how the cases may fare in the legal system can be found in the matter of the late Earl Paulk, who led a different DeKalb megachurch and also was accused in DeKalb County State Court by a former congregant of sexual coercion.

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