Watchtower Defeated in Court on a Regular Basis
Jehovah’s Witnesses brag to the public that they are
invincible in the courts. In a recent documentary this was
discussed extensively. It is true in the 1940’s the JWs won
47 court victories and they are very vocal about telling this.
The part they do not tell is that they went to court 108
times. So actually that represents a win history of about
43%, not much to brag about. If you were an attorney that
won only 43% of your cases you might not get much work.
Watchtower attorneys use their 43% win ratio in the courts
to make it appear that they are invincible. Yet when you
look at case history you see that they lose – a lot!
This information contains summaries of approximately 30
Jehovah's Witnesses related Child Custody court cases in
which they in fact lost. The vast majority of the summarized
cases are appellate and even Supreme Court decisions.
Viewers should bear in mind that these 30 or so cases are
not exhaustive of all such cases. These cases are merely
those that have been able to be located on the World Wide
Web and range over about a fifty year period. The actual
number of Jehovah's Witnesses related custody cases
probably range in the 1000s over the past 50 years. Thus,
these cases should be considered as being merely an
"example" of what has occurred in the past, and may occur
in the future.
There is no such thing as a "national child custody law".
Although similar, each state's legislature has established its
own state laws regarding child custody, and each state's
courts interpret those laws using legal standards that may
vary from that used by courts in other states.
State courts currently apply one of the following three
different legal standards when deciding these cases:
1. Actual Or Substantial Harm: Existing actual or substantial
harm to the child must be proven to have been caused by a
parent's religious practices before the court will restrict that
parent's constitutional rights. Such states include California,
Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York,
North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and
2. Risk Of Harm. For a court to restrict a parent's
constitutional rights, it only has to be proven that that a
parent's religious practices pose a risk of harm to the child.
Such states include Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina and
3. No Harm Required. In only a few states, such as Arkansas
and Wisconsin, a parent who has sole legal custody also
has the exclusive right to determine the child's religious
Child custody court case decisions are typically lengthy
and complex, and typically deal with a multitude of legal
issues. As the reader will see the Watchtower is not so
invincible and in fact in many cases makes complete fools
of themselves. When the facts are fully presented the best
interests of the child can be clearly shown to be away from
the JW indoctrination.
If you want to be successful in your custody case contact
JWCC at 800-762-9227 for a free consultation!
Click on each name to read the case history:
WANGUGI v. WANGUGI
MEYER v. MEYER
WILLIS v. WILLIS
HAMILTON v. HAMILTON
POOLE v. POOLE
BOOTH v. BOOTH
SMITH v. QUIGG
MASTROPIERO v. MASTROPIERO
BAKER v. BAKER
WILSON v. WILSON
LeDOUX v. LeDOUX
VARNUM v. VARNUM
ESTES v. ESTES
McFARLANE v. McFARLANE
S.E.L. v. James W.
BENTLEY v. BENTLEY
McCLAREN v. McCLAREN
HAM v. CAVETTE
ESPOSITO v. ESPOSITO
HOPPES v. HOPPES
ROMANO v. ROMANO
MEREDITH v. MEREDITH
WINKELMAN v. WINKELMAN
SINCLAIR v SINCLAIR
SALVAGGIO v. BARNETT
THOMAS v. THOMAS
RAGAN v. RAGAN
BATTAGLIA v. BATTAGLIA
WILSON v. WILSON
DERR v. DERR
Jehovah's Witnesses Lose in Court