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Child Abuse Reporting

The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $35 million award in a negligence case against Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that they are exempt from mandatory child abuse reporting because “canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

HELENA, Mont. –The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $35 million award in a negligence case against Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that they are exempt from mandatory child-abuse reporting because “canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

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