Watchtower found guilty ruled to pay 7 million to 1 victim? wow

by yourmomma 361 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • out4good3


    It looked like WT corporate tried to hang the congregation and the elders out to dry on that one.

  • wasblind

    When Barbara talks EVERYBODY listen, back in the day, that was the E.F. Hutton effect

    My mom used to pull the E.F. Hutton card on us

    You can best believe, the GB gonna fleece the flock now

    I wouldn't be suprised that the elders get left holdin' the bag somehow

    Leavin' them open for lawsuits as well, hate to think

    If this is a fact, the sheep will see just how sly, slick and wicked the Devil is

  • Refriedtruth

    KEY-The Watchtower HAS been paying out damage $ettlements (HUSH MONEY) all along.... but this time we have: 1) The awarded amount is higher 2) the gag order is lifted scandal is public domain 3) PUNITIVE DAMAGES decided because of MALICEto the victim

    THREE strikes against the Watchtower

  • BlindersOff1

    This can't be true. I've been told for yrs that the Watchtower always wins in court.

  • AndersonsInfo

    Yes, the ramifications of this jury decision are huge. My ex-associates at WT must have had a restless night (to put it mildly) after this decision came in. The jury awarded the victim 7 million total damages. The finding against WT was MALICE! Note a copy of the news release below that went out to the media yesterday afternoon after the verdict came in. I added the bracketed information.

    Since a number of us notified the media giants yesterday, hopefully, there might be some national coverage. However, what's important to us is not necessarily important to the general public!! There is definitely an inside story about WT's defense that caused jurors to roll their eyes in disbelief, but that's for another time.


    An Alameda County Superior Court jury has found the Jehovah’s Witnesses legally responsible for the sexual abuse of a 9 year old former Fremont girl. The verdict, announced Wednesday June 13, found that the Elders who managed the North Fremont Jehovah’s Witness Congregation in the 1990s knew perpetrator Jonathan Kendrick had recently been convicted for the sexual abuse of another child, but kept his past record secret from the Congregation. Kendrick went on to repeatedly sexually molest Candace Conti, now 26, over a two year period, using Jehovah Witnesses activities such as door to door neighborhood soliciting as his way to secretly gain control over his young victim. Kendrick was eventually convicted in 2004 of the sexual abuse of another young girl, and is now a Registered Sex Offender in California.

    The key issue in the case, according to the victim’s attorney Rick Simons of Hayward, was the written policy of Watchtower New York, Inc., which instructed all Elders in Jehovah’s Witnesses Congregations in the United States to keep reports of child sex abusers within Jehovah’s Witnesses secret to avoid lawsuits. The case is believed to be the first in the nation to directly address the formerly secret policy of secrecy, adopted in 1989 and still in force today.

    Ms. Conti stated “I once wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. Now I feel I’m doing more to help other children in Jehovah’s Witnesses than I ever did walking door to door to spread the ‘good news’”. She was awarded damages by the jury of $ 7,000,000, and the jury will return tomorrow [Thursday] to consider if punitive damages should be awarded. [Their decision is slated for Friday.]

    Candace Conti spent 2 years trying to convince the Jehovah’s Witnesses, both in Southern California and in Fremont, to change the secrecy policy, but finally gave up and filed her lawsuit in 2011. “This young woman, who experienced brutal abuse as a child, could not tell anyone for several years, and has walked for many years in a nightmare of depression and isolation, has shown incredible courage in facing the powerful and secrecy laden organization that betrayed her into the hands of a monster” said Mr. Simons of his client.

    The verdict came in the courtroom of Judge Robert McGuiness in Dept. 22, Oakland.

    For more information contact:

    Rick Simons: text and cell 510-917-2169/ [email protected]/ office 510-582-1080x19

    Domain Web case #: HG11558324 (Jane Doe v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.)

  • wasblind
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    keyser soze

    Awesome news!

  • SweetBabyCheezits

    Wow, the timing couldn't be better with the Sandusky trial starting this week. This really needs to make headlines.

  • wasblind

    Seems like the wheels on their chariot need rotatin'

    The poster LITS, will be thrilled, that some justice has been done

  • AndersonsInfo

    By the way, I have been given to understand that punitive damage, if the jury awards any, is based on defendant's worth. What plaintiff's attorney needed was proof of that worth. We all know that WT is not particularly transparent when it comes to what they are worth, so it hasn't been easy for the plaintiff's side to come up with verifiable facts. Within the next few hours, plaintiff's attorney will be presenting to the jury what his law firm uncovered and then the WT's attorney will get his chance to talk to the jury. He will most likely plead poverty. If Jim McCabe, WT's attorney from San Diego, and an ex-Bethelite from the years when we were in Bethel, speaks in the defendant's behalf, he will most likely contribute tears as he tells the jury not to punish a religion for what a member did, just as he did during the three-week trial.


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