Jehovah's Witness suit
A judge has recommended
case management for the wrongful death lawsuit filed by a father who claims
the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society is responsible for his teenage
daughter Bethany's death.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice
Barbara Romaine said during a hearing Wednesday that she will refer her
recommendation to have a case management judge appointed to shepherd the case
through the Court of Queens Bench, to Associate Chief Justice Allen
Romaine then set aside
three days starting Feb. 22 to hear an application by Allan
, lawyer for the defendants, to
strike the statement of claim filed by Lawrence Hughes in August.
Hughes filed the claim
against the Society, Edmonton's Cross Cancer Institute, two doctors and
several Jehovah's Witnesses, saying the Jehovah's Witness church's policy
against blood transfusions prompted the death of the 17-year-old girl from
acute myeloid leukemia on Sept. 5, 2002.
Vaughn Marshall, Hughes'
lawyer, requested case management and said outside court this was the most
sensible way to manage this litigation.
"Given all of the
court activity during the guardianship proceedings about Bethany in 2002,
where 26 separate court applications were made in six months, this lawsuit cries
out for case management"
said Marshal, " ... and the sooner
The lawyer also said he
was confident the application to quash the lawsuit will be defeated.
Bethany Hughes, 17, died
less than six months after she underwent a series of blood transfusions
against her wishes after Alberta Child Services took custody of her when she
was diagnosed with leukemia.
Calgary Herald 2004