Supreme Court denies longshot appeal by Watchtower in California molest case - 2019-10-08
Mark has written at length on the background of the case, involving a girl known as "J.W.," and the Jehovah's Witness elder who assaulted her, Gilbert Simental, who is now serving a sentence of 45 years to life in a California prison. JW's family sued Watchtower in 2013, demonstrating that the organization had known Simental was a child predator and had done nothing about it. They won a $4 million civil judgment in a Riverside County court, which was upheld in multiple state appeals.
In its appeal to the US Supreme Court, Watchtower's attorneys claimed that the church's rights had been violated because the production of some documents violated priest-penitent privilege.