It seems elders are required to follow the WT rules even against their conscience or good sense.
Yet if following the rules results in embarrassment for the organisation then they are liable to be removed.
Public embarrassment is explicitly identified in the elder guidelines as a major consideration for judicial decisions and appointments and deletions. The organisation seems to be worried about being embarrassed almost above all else.
Which is ironic because, like with the Catholic Church, it's often the attempts to avoid embarrassment that bring about the greatest injustices and the greatest embarrassment in the long run.