Takeover: What really happened at Menlo Park?

On May 23, 2011 former elders of a California congregation filed two documents in Federal Court in San Francisco as part of their lawsuit against certain representatives of the Watchtower Society. The plaintiffs were elders of the Menlo Park Kingdom Hall prior to July 2010.

Because their court documents have been released and are in the public domain, we can present them here for your inspection and enlightenment.

Understand, of course, that the editor of Ex-JW.com can not guarantee that everything alleged in these two documents is factual and verifiable. Some statements seem to be sprinkled with a fair amount of conjecture and hearsay. Several items will likely be subject to court review and may face challenges to their veracity. Other statements might be deemed inadmissible by the court, stricken from the records, or not allowed as part of any testimony.

On the other hand, the plaintiffs surely understand that it’s considered extremely bad form to submit anything to any court, and especially to a federal level court, that is blatantly untrue and unsupportable. To do so might result in censure or possibly treated as committing perjury by the court. While you can present your side of a case and give evidence to support your position, you must never lie to the judge or a jury. Providing false evidence rarely wins a court case, but it will always piss off a judge.

Based on that understanding, we provide these documents exactly as they were filed with the court. We hope those who are following this case will gain a broader understanding of the issues that must be identified and resolved – as well as a closer look at who the real players are in this drama.

While the documents attached to this article were prepared by the plaintiffs and presents their side of the case, you can also refer to our earlier article “Fear and Loathing in Menlo Park” and read documents that were filed with the court by the defendants and their attorney.

We recommend that you read all the documents and closely review the exhibits. There are certain pages that you should not overlook. You’ll discover that there are factors in this case that go far beyond the communities of Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City, California. Issues brought up in these documents affect nearly every Kingdom Hall in the United States and Canada – and perhaps even worldwide.

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Menlo Park scandal on Cult Free Radio

The ongoing scandal surrounding the July 2010 merger of the Menlo Park and Redwood City (California, USA) Kingdom Halls will be discussed in an upcoming UStream podcast hosted by “MadSweeney” on Cult Free Radio, Saturday evening, May 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM, EDT / 7:00 PDT.

Our editor, John Hoyle, who has followed and reported this story since it broke last August, will be a guest on the show. In addition to discussing the background story, he will also report on late breaking developments.

“Cult Free Radio,” is the brainchild of a former Jehovah’s Witness known as “MadSweeney.” It’s intended to be a new online tool for educating the public about the dangers of cultish religions. While its true that the subject of Jehovah’s Witnesses will come up often, Sweeney, the host and moderator, has made it clear that his program is not just about the JWs and the Watchtower Society. He is out to identify and expose the dangers of any cult or religion that seeks to control the minds of its members, often destroying lives and families.

The premier of the podcast took place Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM EDT. There were some technical glitches during that first show, but host “MadSweeney” says that he has worked out most of the details and feels that his program is “ready for primetime.”


Read our special interview with MadSweeney!

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Listeners may simply monitor the show by accessing it through their browsers, or they can register and then enter social commentary with the host and other listeners as the program progresses. Anyone wishing to call in may do so by using Skype, a free communications service. Skype is available free for computers and most iPad, iPhone, and Android cell telephones. There are user guides available on the UStream website.

To listen to the show, access the site at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cult-free-radio

Skype callers can call in to “cultfreeradio” after the show begins and MadSweeney opens up the lines for discussion.

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