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Scientologists asking depositions in Cazares suit

Title: Scientologists asking depositions in Cazares suit
Date: Tuesday, 20 April 1976
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Bill Cryer
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TAMPA — The Church of Scientology Monday filed a notice in U.S. District Court that it intends to take depositions from several newspaper executives, a reporter and employes of a Pinellas radio station.

The depositions are being taken in connection with the church's $1-million libel and slander suit against Clearwater Mayor Gabriel Cazares.

Cazares, who had earlier objected to giving his deposition to the church, will give his deposition today at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater, a spokesman for the church said Monday.

THOSE LISTED by the Church as being asked to give depositions April 26-27 are:

Nelson Poynter, chairman of the board of the Times Publishing Co. Inc., St. Petersburg; Paul Harris, business manager of the Sun; John Ricketson, publisher of the Sun; and Stephen Advokat, a Sun reporter.

Ross Charles, radio station WDCL manager and Robert Snyder, host of a morning radio show and former talk-show host at WDCL, also have been called to give depositions.

The only non-media representative on the church's list is Paul Wade, owner of the Daisy Shop, a gift shop that was located in the Fort Harrison before the Church of Scientology purchased the hotel last year.