UPDATE: Friday, June 15, 2012, 9:46 PM:
The early reports last night were for $20 Million & $1 Dollar Punitive Damages solely against the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society & the North Fremont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses because the jury felt they had acted with malice against Plaintiff, Candace Conti. It has been confirmed since then that the actual Punitive Damages are for $21 Million & $1 Dollar, in addition to the $7 Million for Compensatory Damages. Therefore, the Grand Total is $28 Million & $1 Dollar. Please refer to the below Comments Section for all Updates.
Friday, June 15, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT:
This is huge & “hot off the press,” barely in the main stream news yet:
Wed., 6/13/12, an Alameda County, California, Jury awarded 26-year-old Candace Conti the sum of $7 MILLION for damages >> including for “MALICE” >> perpetrated by the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York HQ, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Local North Fremont, California JW Congregation, & the JW-molester, Jonathan Kendrick, who abused & molested Ms. Conti for two years when she was 9-years-old. Read about that here:
And here is a copy of the actual $7 Million Jury Award:
The total for punitive damages was decided by the jury (& released late yesterday, Thurs., 6/14/12) to the tune of an additional $20 MILLION & $1 DOLLARS! Read about that announcement here:
Grand Total Awarded by Jury Trial to Ms. Conti vs. Watchtower, et al: $27 MILLION & $1 DOLLARs!! WOW!
All prior WT sex abuse lawsuits in the past several years were SETTLED with confidentiality agreements, so there were little details & exposure. But this being a public JURY award, more details will be readily available in short measure.
The $27 Million sum is to be paid out as follows:
–Pervert Kendrick 60%
–Local Congregation 13%
–Watchtower HQ 27%
From the looks of Kendrick (photo at below Silentlambs site), he has zero money, & the WT will probably appeal, etc. But Barbara Anderson reported that with Candace it was never about the money, but getting the WT policy re JW sex abusers into the broad daylight!
Barbara Anderson (above, with husband Joe), former JW & WT writer/researcher, who lived/worked at WT HQ in decades past, & who has worked with Bill Bowen from the beginning of Silentlambs.org in year 2000 to expose the WT/JW pedophile problem), wrote in the first thread at the top, that the WT attorney actually shed tears during the jury trial when proclaiming, “Why should the WT Society have to pay due to the bad actions of one man?” (or words to that effect). Crocodile tears?
To answer that attorney, the reason is: Because it is WT POLICY to keep child sex abuse SECRET! (Duh!)
Anderson wrote that the jury literally rolled their eyes at some of the things the WT said when presenting their defense. She promised to elaborate more about that at another time.
All exJW sites, blogs, forums, & Silentlambs.org, etc., will be posting followups & details so keep abreast via google if interested.
Silentlambs’ page re this lawsuit (photos, press release, documents, etc.): http://www.silentlambs.org/OaklandLawsuit.htm
Barbara Anderson’s website – Watchtower Documents LLC:
Circa Year 2000: Bill Bowen, above, now-former JW & JW “elder,” getting advice from WT HQ when a pedophile was discovered in his own Kentucky congregation. Their terrible advice (& “famous last words” as exposed on Dateline NBC in 2002) is what set Bill on his new & unexpected life path as founder of Silentlambs Org.
Bill, still going strong: