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Originally posted by Masonic Light
A Mason can be censured, suspended, or permanently expelled, depending on the seriousness of the offense.
Any member may file charges against another, alleging unmasonic conduct. When this is done, the Master will order a hearing to be had in the Lodge. The accused Brother has the right to council, and the Junior Warden is the “public defender” of the Lodge. At the hearing, the accused Brother will enter his plea. If the plea is not guilty, the case will proceed to trial. The entire Lodge is the jury, with every member entitled to one vote. A two-thirds majority vote will convict. If convicted, a simple majority will decide on punishment. The convicted Brother may appeal the decision to Grand Lodge, which, in this case, acts as a supreme court.
Unmasonic conduct could consist of habitual drunkeness, violating the Masonic obligations, or being convicted of a misdemeanor in a criminal court, all of which could cause Masonic charges to be conferred against him. If a Mason is convicted of a felony, he is ipso facto excommunicated from the Fraternity, without recourse to Masonic trial.