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Judicial Panel Cites Jehovah's Witnesses' "Abusive Tactics" in Child Sexual Abuse Litigation

S&Z attorney Jeffrey Fritz, representing sexual abuse victim Stephanie Fessler, prevailed in a venue motion after a panel of judges found Jehovah's Witnesses' guilty of "abusive tactics" in their "last-minute gambit to delay trial" and have the case moved to York County from Philadelphia County. York County currently has the largest backlog of civil cases in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Fessler claims abuse between the ages of 14 to 16 by an older woman in another congregation. Mr. Fritz said that the congregation, "Had knowledge of child abuse that we contend they were obligated to report to law enforcement and child welfare authorities." Read more.

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