It was mentioned in here that the attorney claimed that the F&DS does not exist and is only a theological arrangement. I apologize if this has been thoroughly discussed before, but I couldn't find anything concrete. Not to discredit Steven Unthank, but all we have is his word for this. I have not been able to find the actual court transcripts for the hearing where this was said. Has anyone else?
During the court hearing on October 11, legal counsel for the Watchtower Society, Rachel van Witsen, from Vincent Toole Solicitors (the Watchtower Society’s in-house law firm located inside Bethel, Australia) made a statement on behalf of the Watchtower Society that:-
“The faithful and discreet slave is not a legal entity.”
Vincent Toole Solicitors then went on to present arguments that the “faithful and discreet slave” do not exist as a “person” nor do they exist as an “unincorporated body” and nor do they exist as a “body” of Christians.
Obviously, if it was claimed that the F&DS does not exist, that would be a major issue. However, what was the context? What were the arguments presented? For example, was is said that the F&DS does not exist as a legal entity only? Or that it just plain does not exist period? Was it said that the F&DS was simply a "theological arrangement" and that no persons really existed that makes up what JWs have come to believe as the F&DS?
Personally, I have a hard time believing the WTS' attorney would claim, with approval from WTS, that the F&DS does not exist, period, and that they are just some made up thing, just some "theological arrangement." So, I'm looking for clarification, and hopefully, the transcripts of what was exactly said . . . not just Steven Unthank's version of it. Again, no offense intended. Just like I'm looking at the sources of WT articles for context, I can only, in all fairness, do the same here.