Juror awards punitive damages against Boy Scouts and Mormon Church
The Wall Street Journal reported today that an Oregon jury awarded a man $1.4 million dollars in punitive damages against the National scouting organization and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The man was abused by an assistant scout master after he confessed to the church--which apparently sponsored his troop--of abusing 17 young boys during his term as a scout master. The jury awarded $840,000.00 against BSA and $350,000.00 against the Church. It directed that the remainder of the punitive damages, $210,000.00, come from the Regional Council of the Scouting organization. The Mormon Church was the charter organization for about 1/3 to 1/2 of all the antion's scout troops in the 1980s, according to the Wall Street Journal.