Matthew 18:16 - There needs to be two or three witnesses so that an accusation against someone in the congregation is firmly established. No death penalty involved here.
And, by the way - Matthew 18:17 - "If he [the accused] doesn't listen, speak to the congregation.". Let me ask you, Fisherman: is the Governing Body following this direct order from Jesus? When a case of serious sin, serious enough to have disfellowshipping as consequence, is being dealt with, is the congregation EVER told what is going on, and called to make a judgement, AS JESUS SAID IT SHOULD BE?
In Russell's day, that's how matters were handled. Rutherford changed it so that only Elders could handle it in secrecy. Where do you stand on this?
Fisherman - WT only uses the "2 witness rule" to adjudicate church matters, but they comply secular law.