Jury won't reconsider church verdict

Posted: Sunday, June 04, 2000

PALMER (AP) -- A jury that oversaw a civil case in which a Palmer area family claimed a local church brainwashed their daughter will not be asked to reconsider its verdict.

Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski ruled Friday that it would be wrong to recall jurors two and a half weeks after the case ended.

At issue was how much jurors meant to hold Wasilla Ministries accountable for the actions of Jodi Logan six years ago. Logan, age 15 and 16 at the time, ran away from home three times and accused her father of sexual abuse. She said church members pressured her to take those steps.

The jury May 16 held the church 10 percent responsible and Logan 25 percent responsible. It split the remaining 65 percent among eight church members.

But jurors told Superior Court Judge Eric Smith after the trial that they intended to hold the church 75 percent responsible in the case.

The distinction is significant because Logan's family sought damages only from the church corporation, which is insured.

Because the church was held only 10 percent accountable, Logan and her

family received $23,450, or 10 percent of the total $234,500 in damages determined by the jury.

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