Janis Johnson and Lisa McPherson
Witness Affidavit, State of Florida vs. CSFSO
Review of Evidence in State v. Church of Scientology
Flag Service Organization, Inc.
- Your Affiant further learned from sworn, immunized testimony of the various
caretakers and other employees/staff members of CSFSO that several of Lisa's
caretakers had some medical training. Janice Johnson had been a practicing,
licensed anesthesiologist in Arizona specializing in chronic pain management.
Your Affiant has reviewed her licensing file from that state and determined
that when she ran into disciplinary trouble in the early 1990's, she surrendered
her authority to prescribe controlled substances and in 1994 let her medical
license lapse. The Florida Board of Medicine has confirmed to your Affiant
that she has never been licensed in this state nor has she applied for a Florida
- At the time Johnson was leaving the Pt. Harrison Hotel to take Lisa to the
hospital, Paul Greenwood helped to carry Lisa from the room to the car. He
described Lisa was breathing heavy with her eyes open, but saw no voluntary
movements made by her nor did she even acknowledge his presence.
Order denying defendants' motion for summary judgement
on wrongful death claim (count 1)
- CSFSO employee Janis Johnson, a former doctor, told police that the evening
of Lisa's death before she was taken to the hospital, she recognized from
Lisa's skin turgor and sunken eyes that she was "majorly" dehydrated. She
had noted the previous Friday that Lisa was losing weight and becoming dehydrated
and recommended at least 2 liters of water a day be given to her.
- As to Janis Johnson, her testimony is so different from the Plaintiff's
experts, other caretakers, and Dr David Minkoff, the Scientologist doctor,
whom the Defendants insisted see Lisa McPherson, even though he was a 45 minute
drive away, and he testifies in his deposition that he told the Defendants
to take Lisa to the emergency room, the closest of which was just a few miles
away, that either her testimony is erroneous or Dr. Minkoff, and other witnesses'
testimony is erroneous. As to the other caretakers, particularly those who
were taking care of Lisa during the last, and the most critical days of her
life, their testimony conflicts with each other, with that of other witnesses,
and within their own various testimony to the police. the state attorney and
Background information on Janis Kaye Johnson (AKA Janis Kaye Fitzgerald)
FL0520300/Clearwater Police Department