Banned Church Member Sues Jehovah’s Witnesses

[Original publication date: September 5, 2003]

A Normandy resident who was disfellowshipped from Jehovah’s Witnesses is suing the organization for $7 million on grounds the alleged action against her was wrong.

Joe and Barbara Anderson
Joe and Barbara Anderson
© Barbara Anderson

By BRIAN JUSTICE, The Sunday News Staff Writer
Tullahoma News (Tullahoma, Tennessee)

Barbara Joanna Anderson filed the lawsuit Thursday in Coffee County Circuit Court.

She is seeking $2 million in compensatory damages, plus $5 million in punitive damages.

The defendants are listed as:

* Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc.
* Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania Inc.
* Watchtower Enterprises LLC.
* Watchtower Foundation Inc.
* Watchtower Associates LTD.
* Kingdom Support Services Inc.
* Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
* Religious Order of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
* The Watchtower Group Inc.
* Manchester Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Elders.
* Lawrence A. Seely, Gary Hobson, Dale Dormanen, Robert E. Matthews, David Semonian, J.R. Brown, and John Does No. 1 through No. 4.

Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Joe, had publicly spoken about alleged sexual child abuse being widespread among the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination. Continue reading “Banned Church Member Sues Jehovah’s Witnesses”

Family of Jehovah’s Witness sues Azusa police, CHP

[Original publication date: January 5, 2001]

The family of a Jehovah’s Witness who died after an auto accident last year is suing the Azusa Police Department and California Highway Patrol, claiming officers improperly handled the accident which led to the victim’s death.

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By Justino Aguila
Staff Writer

Fullerton-based attorney Evan L. Ginsburg said the family of 55-year-old Jadine Russell, who died March 8, 1998, after a drunken driver hit a car that slammed into her while she stood on the side of a road, is seeking monetary damages they’ve suffered since her death.

According to Ginsburg, the officers involved could have prevented the accident from happening by having better control of traffic.

The victim had been talking to officers from the CHP and the Azusa Police Department after a minor accident took place moments before Cook crashed.

Later, at the hospital, Russell followed her faith as a Jehovah’s Witness and refused a blood transfusion. Continue reading “Family of Jehovah’s Witness sues Azusa police, CHP”

Dangerous Convict Asks for Early Freedom

[Original publication date: September 4, 2004]

Pete Sandrock calls Roger Matthew Walters one of the most dangerous offenders he ever prosecuted in his 25 years as District Attorney for Benton County…

By Jennifer NitsonGazette-Times
Gazette-Times reporter
December 15, 2004

When Scott Heiser took the post in 1999, Sandrock showed him a file of papers more than a foot thick in his office.

“‘This is the Walters file,'” Heiser recalls Sandrock telling him. “‘In case this guy ever comes back.'”

In 1995, Walters was sentenced in Benton County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of the attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old Corvallis girl in 1987. His lengthy sentence hinged on his status as a dangerous offender, as defined in Oregon statutes.

Now Walters wants out. Continue reading “Dangerous Convict Asks for Early Freedom”