I love this part of the trial:
Watchtower's net worth is $1.5 billion dollars with a "b." I can write the full number. It's 1,590,000,000. I'm going to just round it down to save you guys time. So it's 1 billion, 500 million -- I have to make sure I get the numbers correct. It's $1.5 billion. The Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses -- and keep in mind when I tell you these numbers, the Judge read them to you as agreed facts because defendants have stipulated to it so you can take it as true. So CCJW, their net worth -- I'm just going to round down to save everybody time -- is $49 million. Now, when you find that somebody acts in malice, punitive damages are appropriate. And the purpose of punitive damages is to punish someone or to deter their conduct. And in a case like this what is important is to send a message to the Jehovah's Witnesses organization that you must obey the law and you cannot ignore the safety of children and expose them to known pedophiles.In order to send that message -- remember, their headquarters are in New York and it's important to send a message from here in Montana that it is loud enough that it will be heard in those office headquarters in New York. Here is the example that I like to give. If you have $100 and I want to get your attention, is taking 10 of those dollars going to get your attention or will it take more than that? Here's why I tell you that. If you take -- I'm just going to put Watchtower New York (indicating). If you just award punitive damages of 14 percent of -- imagine them having $100 and say I'm going 15 to take from you, that is $150 million. Maybe that's enough, maybe it takes more than that but I tell that to you just as a baseline. With CCJW, if you are attempting to get their attention in New York, and you say "I'm going to get your attention with 10 percent of your net worth, 10 out of your $100," that is $4.9 million. You'll be asked during this phase of the trial to determine what amount is a proper amount to send them a message by saying, "When your conduct is in malice, you have to be punished. We don't want you to do this again.
And we don't want others to do the same thing." These (indicating) are the numbers that I think are the minimum for getting somebody's attention and I leave the appropriate amount in your discretion. Thank you, your Honor. THE COURT: Thank you, Counsel.