I would have suggested you appeal at the last moment, to be a real burr in their asses, were it not for the situation with FF.
If I thought I could hurt or expose the organization somehow, an appeal would be tempting. (Except for drawing their fire and potentially getting FF nailed) But really, an appeal would only waste the time of a half dozen probably-decent guys with families, including me. In the end, the Watchtower presses would continue to grind the bones and blood of its members into paper and ink for its publishing profits, and any noise I made wouldn't be heard over that rumble anyway.
Had I not had the FF situation, I thought it would be cool to invite a member of the press to my JC. I would try to get him in as a "defense witness", since the Elder's book says I can bring along witnesses if I want to. I would imagine, though, that they would still say no. But just the fact that they guy showed up, then was barred entry to their "super secret judicial tribunal" would make for juicy news, particularly when I came out of it with elder quotes like, "I never see anybody happy, not in Jehovah's Organization". But alas and alack, that would make the inlaw's even less amicable toward me, so it was not to be.
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