NAACP Suspends Head of Philly Chapter

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    J. Wyatt Mondesire, middle, speaks to people gathered to demonstrate the opposition of Pennsylvania's new voter identification law during the NAACP voter ID rally, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia.

    The national office of the NAACP has suspended the longtime head of its Philadelphia chapter, J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, and three board members involved in a months-long public feud involving allegations of financial mismanagement.

    The national NAACP said in a statement Friday that there is an "internal administrative process which provides suspended members with a right to appeal," and adding it would not comment further.

    The suspended board members -- Donald Birts, the Rev. Elisha Morris and Sid Booker -- have accused Mondesire of mishandling the group's finances. Mondesire has vehemently denied the allegations.

    Mondesire did not respond to a call seeking comment. Gerard Egan, an attorney for the three board members, said his clients would contest their suspensions.

    News of the suspensions was first reported by The Philadelphia Tribune.