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JW Leaks Redux | We are back for 2019 with a Scandal

Watchtower New York Scandal

To kick off 2019 JW Leaks have published a 37 page unredacted file on all Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., properties sold in the State of New York between April 2004 and December 2018 for a Grand Total of US$2,081,520,000 (over 2 billion dollars).

DOWNLOAD: Watchtower New York Brooklyn real estate transfers

This document contains the Real Property Transfer Report for all Watchtower New York sales as well as the sale price, seller, purchaser, and the date of transfer.

Some 1.8 billion dollars of sales occurred from 2012 onwards after Watchtower New York lost the Candace Conti case and the jury awarded her US$28,000,001 later reduced on appeal.

Page 13 of the document relates to the sale of 67 Remsen Street, Brooklyn.

The sale of 67 Remsen Street, Brooklyn by Watchtower New York to Heights 67 LLC

Click image to enlarge facsimile of Real Property Transfer Report for 67 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York

What is the related background to the above property sale and what documents exist to shed light on the timeframe?

20 June 2012

The Superior Court of the State of Californian, County of Alameda, issues an Order in relation to the Candace Conti case preventing Watchtower New York from “transferring, conveying or changing title to any real property” including 67 Remsen Street, Brooklyn.

Extract of Court Order preventing Watchtower New York transferring real property

Press Release from Office of Public Information (OPI) for Jehovah’s Witnesses

16 August 2012

Watchtower New York enters into sale contract for 67 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, with Heights 67 LLC.

14 September 2012

Watchtower New York completes the transferring, conveying and changing of the title to the new owners Heights 67 LLC.

21 September 2012

Watchtower New York files and registers with the Superior Court of California a US$17 million Bond. From that date forward this allowed Watchtower New York to engage in “transferring, conveying and changing title to any real property” including 67 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Court documents filed by Watchtower New York dated 20 September 2012 re: lodging $17 million Bond to release real estate titles

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Watchtower of Britain found liable for actions of child rapist Peter Stewart

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Britain, the Body of Elders in the Loughborough Blackbrook Congregation, and the Body of Elders in the Loughborough Southwood Congregation have been found liable for the actions of child rapist Peter Stewart.

FROM THE HIGH COURT JUDGMENT OF  THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE GLOBE

[2015] EWHC 1722 (QB)

19 June 2015

3. The claimant, who is now 29 years of age, claims damages for personal injury and loss arising out of being sexually assaulted by Peter Stewart, now deceased, between 1989 and 1994, when she was between about the ages of 4 and 9. Quantum has been agreed subject to liability.

4. The first defendants are the over-arching body of the second and third defendants. It is common ground that, if the second and/or third defendants are liable, then the first defendants will satisfy the judgment on behalf of the other defendants. The Blackbrook and Southwood Jehovah’s Witness Congregations are the direct or indirect successors of the congregation that was originally known as the Loughborough Limehurst Jehovah’s Witness Congregation, then split into two congregations known as the Limehurst Jehovah’s Witness Congregation and the Garendon Park Jehovah’s Witness Congregation, which congregations are central to the factual matrix of the case…

Vicarious liability

124. That leaves the issue of vicarious liability for the elders. As summarised earlier in paragraphs 10-18, the elders had additional responsibilities to those held by ministerial servants. They were even closer and more integrated with congregational issues than were ministerial servants. They had a spiritual role and partly exercised that role, via the judicial committee, and decisions of the body consequent upon decisions of the judicial committee. The decisions that emanated from the judicial committee and thereafter from the body of elders were a fundamental part of the role of the elders within the organisation. The second and third defendants are the trustees and successors of the Garendon Park and Limehurst Congregations. They are unincorporated associations who have taken over the responsibility of the congregations. In circumstances where, having applied the two-stage test, I have already found they are vicariously liable for the actions of Peter Stewart, I also find they are vicariously liable for the actions of the elders in relation to the above breach of duty arising from the findings of the judicial committee in 1990.

Decision

125. For all of these reasons, I am satisfied that the defendants should be held responsible for what Peter Stewart did between 1989 and 1994. The claim succeeds. Judgment should be entered for the claimant. An order will need to be drawn up to reflect the agreement as to quantum.

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A v Watchtower Britain and Loughborough Blackbrook Congregation – [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB) – pdf

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Candace Conti v Watchtower – Court of Appeal Decision

COURT OF APPEAL DECISION – 13 APRIL 2015

Conti v Watchtower – Appeals Court Final Decision (April 13, 2015) – pdf

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COURT DOCUMENTS DAMAGING TO WATCHTOWER SOCIETY’S REPUTATION

Body of Elders letter introducing child abuser to new congregation – pdf

Letters between Body of Elders and Watchtower over Kendrick – pdf

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COURT DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE CASE

LINK  Documents and court records relating to the case of “Candace Conti v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York & North Fremont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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Conti v Watchtower Appeals Judgment 2015

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Jehovahs Witnesses Use First Amendment To Hide Child Sex Abuse Claims

Documents in relation to the current USA media reports relating to Jehovah’s Witnesses and their use of the 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims.

<<< LINK TO MEDIA REPORT >>>

DOCUMENTS

Declaration of Gerrit Losch Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses) refusal to be deposed in court – 4 february 2014.pdf

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RELATED LINKS AND DOCUMENTS:

Candace Conti v Watchtower

Jehovah’s Witnesses Ordered to Pay $13.5 million in Child Abuse Case

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Abuse

Washington Post – Convicted Sex Offenders, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the First Amendment

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Investigated by Charity Commission

UPDATED 10 APRIL 2015 – As of 9 April 2015 Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses have lost all appeals and attempts to prevent an investigation by the Charity Commission for England and Wales into their activities.

In June 2014 the Charity Commission for England and Wales announced an investigation into Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and a number of congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. On 22 December 2014 the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower lodged a Notice of Appeal against the investigation (Appeal Number CA/2014/0023)  with the intent of preventing the Charity Commission investigating their charity status and activities. The appeal lodged by Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses was outside the six month statutory time limit. On 23 December 2014 the Tribunal issued directions in relation to the late lodging of the appeal giving the Charity Commission until 13 January 2015 to provide a response to the Tribunal as to whether they accept the late appeal.

Documents Relating to the Investigation

NEW New Moston Congregation v Charity Commission – Tribunal Decision (09 April 2015) – pdf

NEW Charity Tribunal Rejects Watchtower’s Application to Appeal – Decision (02 April 2015) – pdf

NEW Watch Tower v Charity Tribunal Ruling (02 April 2015) – pdf

Watch Tower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Decision (14 January 2015) – pdf

Watchtower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Directions (23 December 2014) – pdf

Watchtower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Directions – 23 December 2014 – pdf

Press release Charity Commission announces investigation into Jehovah’s Witnesses (10 June 2014) – pdf

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