Judge partially grants, partially denies Jehovah's Witnesses' motion to dismiss

by defender of truth 4 Replies latest watchtower child-abuse

  • defender of truth
    defender of truth

    "BELLOWS FALLS >> The attorney representing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and the New York-based headquarters of the Jehovah's Witness faith in a case of alleged sexual abuse said a judge's partial granting of a motion to dismiss makes him confident the entire case will get dismissed.

    Pietro Lynn, of Lynn, Lynn & Blackman in Burlington, told the Reformer that U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha decided it was appropriate to dismiss certain legal theories raised by Annessa Lewis, who is suing the Bellows Falls congregation and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., which she claims ignored reports that she and her sister were sexually abused by a congregation member more than 20 years ago."

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  • defender of truth
    defender of truth

    Another article on the Vermont sisters case here:

    "The Jehovah’s Witness church was handed a partial victory in court. The organization is locked in another in a long string of legal battles that tests the ugly assertion that the group allows pedophiles and child molesters to run loose in its ranks."


  • Gayle

    his attorneys are also trying to have the case dismissed on the technicality that the two sisters may have waited too long to file a legal complaint. If they waited longer than six years past their 18th birthday, they may not be able to seek legal relief.

    Horrible if this get dismissed on the 'technicality.' I wonder, shouldn't the ages of the two sisters have been established & documented already by the attorney of the two sisters right from the start because of this age/timing issue? Looks like the girls can not be over 24 years old now then? Zalkin shows to be involved in this case. He has been so successful in other "pedophile" cases.

  • Robo Bobo
    Robo Bobo

    There's an update on this case.


    Watchtower is now claiming that the accused was no longer a ministerial servant when the abuse took place and they therefore can't be responsible for the incident.

    They've outsourced the legal work on this case. Can't be cheap...

    Also, the defendant claimed he "was simply trying to get a bee out of Plaintiff's overalls."

  • Vidiot

    Robo Bobo - "Also, the defendant claimed he 'was simply trying to get a bee out of Plaintiff's overalls'."

    The hell does that even mean???

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