Category Archives: John Redwood

Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Named as Defendants in Child Abuse Lawsuits
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Governing Body and New York

“We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy. Show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn’t have to face charges. Show me they put those same priests back into parishes … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Lose California Child Abuse Case, Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court – Part One
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Watchtower goes to Washington

“Jehovah’s Witnesses again find their First Amendment rights under attack and again seek protection.” With these words, Watchtower attorney Paul Polidoro pleads the case of an embattled church struggling to re-define clergy-penitent privilege while spending millions of dollars protecting an … Continue reading

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Love and Justice in the Face of Wickedness
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A Review of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Public Claims Concerning Child Protection Editor’s Note: After reviewing this article, you may use the following links to jump directly to the discussion of specific paragraphs. Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 4 Paragraph … Continue reading

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New York Law Means Justice for All: The Child Victims Act
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Governor Cuomo Signs Child Victims Act

On February 14, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a powerful speech at the New York Daily News headquarters, moments before signing what might be the most significant piece of legislation involving survivors of child abuse to date. The … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness Elder Arrested on Four Counts of Felony Sexual Assault of Minors, Criminal Trial Set
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Roderick Watkins

A former Jehovah’s Witness Elder and Headquarters member is scheduled to stand trial in July after his arrest on four counts of second-degree felony sexual assault. Roderick G. Watkins, 56, of Heber Springs Arkansas, was taken into custody following a November 21st 2018 arrest warrant issued by the Cleburne County Circuit Court. Continue reading

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Holy Spirits! Tony Morris, Alcohol, and Jehovah’s Witnesses
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He wears a crumpled tan trench coat, stretched tight against his protruding belly; his blue shirt hangs open at the top, un-tucked at the bottom. Black pants hang loose- all the way down to the ankles – where his feet … Continue reading

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Facebook Yields to Watch Tower Subpoena; Jehovah’s Witnesses Issue 6 More to YouTube
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While the Southern District Court of New York continues its investigation of President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, and other key political figures, the same storied “Mother Court” continues to dole out new subpoenas every week at the behest of Jehovah’s … Continue reading

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Watch Tower Sues Facebook & Mark Zuckerberg for Contempt of Court, Demands Daily Fine
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watchtower versus facebook

In a bizarre battle between two corporate superpowers, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania has filed a motion for contempt against Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg for failure to produce documents and logs identifying an individual … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Found Guilty of Malice And Negligence: Victim Awarded $35 Million in Montana Lawsuit
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Sanders County Courthouse

On September 26th, 2018, a Montana jury of seven men and two women handed down the largest-ever punitive damages award for a single abuse victim. Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness Elders Fined for Failure to Report Child Abuse: Watchtower Settles with Delaware
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Jehovah’s Witnesses in Delaware paid $19,500 in fines for failure to report child abuse. On January 18th, 2018, attorneys representing Jehovah’s WItnesses signed a formal settlement agreement with the State of Delaware, concluding a historic case in which two elders … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Redwood’s Reflections
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The Prisoner Village

A memory appeared on my Facebook page. from four years ago today, June 8, 2014. This was my very first post, as I had never used Facebook. I joined to aid my recovery process after leaving the Jehovah’s Witness organization. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Jehovah, Hello Courtroom – Watchtower Brings Lawsuit Against Publishing Company
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Goodbye Jehovah

On December 29th, 2017, Watchtower attorney Armin Pikl filed a lawsuit against Rowohlt Publishing Company, the highly regarded publishing house in Germany which produced the acclaimed book Goodbye Jehovah!, authored by former Jehovah’s Witness Misha Verollet. The autobiographical novel is subtitled “How I … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christmas, and the Grinch
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In 1957, the acclaimed children’s author Dr. Seuss penned a beloved classic, the tale of a grumpy green monster whose shoes and heart were too small or too tight to tolerate the evil holiday known as Christmas. Oh the commercialism, … Continue reading

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