Righteous Government "I call attention to the fact that Jehovah God, more than six thousand years ago, promised to establish through the Messiah a government of righteousness. He will keep that promise in due season. The present-day facts in the light of prophecy indicate that it is near..." Joseph Franklin Rutherford ( Judge Rutherford ) Former Legal Counsel for Watch Tower Society President of Watch Tower Society (1917-1942) Former Special Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri Former Public Prosecutor for Boonville, Missouri The above quoted statement of Judge Rutherford was made in oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States in Minersville School District [ Pensylvania ] versus Gobitis. The decision in the 1940 Gobitis case was reversed, in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses, by the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education versus Barnette.