Conviction Stands for Newton Man Accused of Assaulting Jehovah's Witnesses

Neal Farber allegedly pushed two older women who were going door-to-door for the Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld the conviction of a Newton man who was charged with assaulting and injuring two female Jehovah's Witnesses. 

According to an item in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Newton resident Neal Farber was arrested in 2008 after he yelled at the two woman and pushed them to the ground, which resulted in one woman with a broken arm and two fractures in her rotator cuff. 

The two victims -- Margaret Johns and Linda Noone -- were in their sixties at the time of the incident. 

Court documents -- provided here by UniversalHub -- show that Farber was indicted on one count of assault and battery on a person over sixty years of age, resulting in injury; assault and battery; and two counts of violating a person's civil rights. 

The incident occurred in August 2008 when Noone and Johns were part of a Jehovah's Witness group that planned to visit homes on Beacon Street in Newton.

When Farber answered the door and started listening to the two women, he yelled at Johns and Noone and according to Mass. Lawyers Weekly shouted "nobody wants you around here" and the religion was "full of [expletive]."

As the women began walking down the sidewalk, Farber followed them and shoved them in the back. Farber denied pushing the women, saying that they tripped on his walkway outside his house. 

According to Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Farber said he had told Jehovah's Witnesses to leave him alone on several different occasions and that he was offended by the women trying to convert him to their religion. 

Dan Arlen August 16, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Speaking as an "Old folk" who has been one of Jehovah's Witnesses who goes door to door in my retirement, I love it! You usually meet nice people who (even if they think you are a "troll" ) either greet you or dismiss you without breaking any bones. I'd much rather spend my life talking with people about the Bible than spend it playing shuffleboard or on a golf course. To suggest that I don't spend my time my time the way I enjoy spending my time is disingenuous at best. I'm no more controlled by a "cult" than my other religious friends are who go to church 2 or 3 times a week or teach a Sunday school class!
Solomon Ruffo August 16, 2011 at 06:10 PM
There you go embellishing on about your message of 'hope' which is:A Jehovah's Witness scam about Jesus second coming in 1914 and how you are the one true religion.GO here for deprogramming http://www.jwfacts.com http://www.freeminds.org BTW Jesus did NOT go door to door and so does the vacuum cleaner salesman who sells a real tangible product. There are about 5 falsehoods in your pitch and many of us don't want to hear it for the 3rd or tenth time at our private property. Face it ...JW are door to door religious telemarketer scammers.
Terry Webb August 17, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Research and investigate! The Jehovah's Witnesses are divinely commissioned by Jesus to recruit door to door with their version (Galatians 1:8) of God's kingdom. Same as Warren Jeffs was commissioned to practice his version of God's Kingdom by polygamist taking of 50 wives for his 'celestial kingdom'. The real Jesus and what he stood for is nothing like either of you,in fact you both STUMBLE the real chosen from the real Kingdom.(Matthew 23:15) Following these 'wolves in sheep's clothing false prophets' (Matthew 7:16) will get you spiritually bankrupt by their blasphemies. Research and investigate! Amen
Smthchillb August 17, 2011 at 06:13 PM
In my time I've tried to respect all religion, but I must agree with Solo when you tell JW's that you're not interested in there religion they take that rejection and try to turn it into you not believing in GOD. I believe in GOD just not your God. I don't hate anyone , but I hate the propaganda that come this religion.
Noah Samuels August 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Shame on ANYONE of ANY religion that is so insecure as to assult SOMEONE else!! Mr. Farber, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!


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