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Jun 26, 1992
Scientology chapter, 3 members convicted — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
The Toronto chapter of the Church of Scientology and three of its members were found guilty last night of breach of trust. Earlier yesterday, the church and five members were acquitted on charges of theft. Both charges stem from a series of alleged dirty tricks conducted by the church's covert intelligence-gathering body, the Guardian Office Worldwide, between 1974 and 1976. The verdicts were delivered last night by a 12-member jury which had deliberated for two days. The trial began April 23. ...
Jun 20, 1992
Defence lawyers attack witnesses in Scientology trial — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
The credibility of witnesses and whether a corporation is responsible for illegal actions carried out by its employees were the subjects of summations by attorneys yesterday in the breach-of-trust trial of the Toronto chapter of the Church of Scientology. Lawyers Mel Green and Frank Addario, who are representing five church members charged with breach of trust, both attacked the credibility of crown witnesses. "These (crown) witnesses are unreliable and cannot be believed," Addario told the jury yesterday. "Their testimony is the ...
Jun 19, 1992
Toronto's Scientologists unaware of dirty tricks, defence lawyer says — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Referring to the Church of Scientology as "this little church," defence lawyer Clayton Ruby yesterday said its Toronto members were "regular parishioners" unaware of any crimes that were committed. In his closing address in the breach-of-trust trial of Scientology's Toronto branch, Ruby urged the 12-person jury to judge Scientology as they would their own church. Citing recent cases of sexual abuse involving priests in the Catholic church, Ruby said: "The (Catholic) church wasn't prosecuted, only individuals. Never has a jury been ...
Jun 9, 1992
Scientology trial awaits final addresses — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Defence lawyers have rested their cases in the trial of the Church of Scientology of Toronto and five members on criminal breach of trust charges. Prosecution lawyers also said yesterday they would not call more witnesses. The trial continues without the jury and under publication ban, as lawyers from both sides argue points concerning what they and the judge will say in their summations. The jury returns June 17 to Ontario Court, general division, to begin hearing final addresses by counsel. ...
Jun 3, 1992
Group not part of church trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
An organization of Scientologists allegedly responsible for illegal spying and dirty tricks was not a part of the church when those crimes were committed, a top church executive says. "I feel that by their actions they had removed themselves from the church," Michael Rinder of Los Angeles said yesterday. The Guardian's Office violated the teachings of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and thereby became "something different and distinct," Rinder told Mr. Justice James Southey, of Ontario Court, general division. Rinder, 37, ...
Jun 2, 1992
Group unethical church trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A Scientologist sent to investigate the head office of the church branch allegedly responsible for dirty tricks and spying says he was sickened by what he saw. "I was disgusted. I was sickened to my bones," Norman Starkey, 48, of Los Angeles testified yesterday. Starkey was a defence witness at the jury trial of the Toronto branch of the Church of Scientology and five of its members on breach of trust charges. The charges are in connection with agents infiltrating the ...
May 30, 1992
Spies 'upset' Scientology executive, trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Peter Small
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A top Church of Scientology executive once married to founder L. Ron Hubbard's daughter says he had no idea about an espionage and dirty tricks campaign conducted by the church. At the trial of the Church of Scientology of Toronto and five of its members yesterday, Jonathan Horwich, 47, of Los Angeles testified he was "very upset" and "shocked" when first informed of the church's campaign. The Toronto defendants face criminal breach of trust charges in connection with agents infiltrating the ...
May 29, 1992
Crimes outraged church trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Peter Small
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
The worldwide head of the Church of Scientology says he and other top officials were "absolutely outraged" when they concluded that fellow members were committing crimes. "We don't do illegal things," David Miscavige, the 32-year-old church leader from Los Angeles, testified yesterday. When a document outlining a dirty tricks and harassment project called "Operation Freakout" was first seen by his associates in 1981, "I was shocked" and thought it was a fake, Miscavige said. He was not head of the church ...
May 28, 1992
Scientology unaware of spies, trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Wendy Darroch
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A scientologist who spent two years in a California prison for helping to steal government documents says her church knew nothing about the crimes. Jane Kender, 55, was deputy guardian of the Church of Scientology in Sussex, England, in 1968 when the British government put a ban on Scientologists coming into the country, she told court yesterday. She was testifying at the trial of the Church of Scientology and five of its members charged with criminal breach of trust in connection ...
May 16, 1992
Scientology trial hears of intrigue and 'plants' — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Wendy Darroch
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A tale of intrigue, international espionage and blind dedication has been painted over the past month by a group of senior members with the Church of Scientology of Toronto during the 1970s. All those testifying had been expelled by the church. They were given immunity from prosecution for testifying at the trial of five members and the church on charges of criminal breach of trust. The charges concern "plants" infiltrating the RCMP, OPP, Metro police and the provincial attorney-general's office between ...
May 1, 1992
Ex-Scientologist tells of pilfering OPP files — Toronto Star (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Wendy Darroch
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A former Scientologist says she lied to get a job with Ontario Provincial Police so she could steal secret documents for her church. Kathy Smith said she joined the Church of Scientology in 1972 and spent nine months in southern England learning church policy. Later, she was recruited by the Guardian's Office, an inner council of the church, to infiltrate the police force, court was told yesterday. Smith was testifying at the trial of five Scientologists and their church on charges ...
Apr 30, 1992
Church 'plants' stole files trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Wendy Darroch
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A man who left a Catholic seminary to eventually head the Church of Scientology in Canada said he knew church members were infiltrating police and government offices, and his wife was one of them. Emile Gilbert, 44, who now lives with his former wife and her new husband in Fonthill, Ont., testified he studied 5½ years for the priesthood then left to join the Church of Scientology in September, 1968. There he met his wife, Cathy Wilkins, who was infiltrating the ...
Apr 28, 1992
Church 'altered minds' trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Paul Moloney
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Church of Scientology intelligence officers in the 1970s were "complete zealots" prepared to use illegal means to attack critics, a former official has testified. "Within Scientology, we were completely indoctrinated and did believe that everything we did was 100 per cent right. Our minds were completely altered," Bryan Levman told an Ontario Court, general division, jury. Testifying in return for immunity from prosecution, Levman said he thought at the time it was justified in having "plants" infiltrate Metro police and other ...
Apr 27, 1992
L. Ron Hubbard blamed for spying on 'enemies' — Toronto Star (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Bruce DeMara
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
In the summer of 1973, dedicated Scientologist Bryan Levman left the yacht of church founder L. Ron Hubbard with a new title and a mandate he believed allowed him to infiltrate police agencies and steal government files. For three years, Levman oversaw a series of covert intelligence operations as deputy guardian for Canada, aimed at attacking the "enemies" of Scientology, founded by Hubbard in the mid-1950s. Levman left the church in 1976 in some disillusionment — "it didn't deliver what it ...
Apr 24, 1992
Scientologists infiltrated Metro police, trial told — Toronto Star (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Bruce DeMara
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Church of Scientology "plants" infiltrated Metro police and the Ontario Provincial Police and succeeded in obtaining copies of investigators' files, a trial has been told. A church member also obtained a file from the attorney-general's office by telephoning a central registry, pretending to be a government lawyer and sending a phony secretary to pick it up, witness Bryan Levman testified. "It was considered a big win. Everybody was very happy," Levman testified yesterday. He added that a Scientology plant later obtained ...
Apr 23, 1992
Scientology testimony marked by jargon — Toronto Star (Canada)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Bruce DeMara
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A bewildering array of jargo and termnology characterize the first day of testimony at the trial of the Church of Scientology's Toronto chapter and five of its members on breach of trust charges. The opening witness, Bryan Levrnan, left Mr. Justice James Southey of Ontario Court, general division, confused and frustrated as he tried to explain the organization's complicated management structure. Southey stopped the proceedings several times to ask the crown and the witness to slow down so he could complete ...
Mar 12, 1992
Judge adds $500,000 to record libel award — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Tracy Tyler
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
The highest libel award in Canadian history just got sweeter for a top crown attorney. In a ruling yesterday, a judge rejected the Church of Scientology's bid to slash the record $1.6 million damage award for libelling Crown Attorney Casey Hill. Instead, Mr. Justice Douglas Carruthers ordered the church and lawyer Morris Manning, a co-defendant, to pay pre-judgment interest to Hill on a portion of the damages, calculated at 10 per cent a year since 1985, when the lawsuit was launched. ...
Jan 28, 1992
Seized church papers returned Scientology members hail 'win' in 9-year fight — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Tracy Tyler
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
Nine years, several sledgehammers and one battering ram later, it was time for a massive celebration at the Church of Scientology's Yonge St. headquarters. Hundreds of jubilant church members, clutching sparklers and blowing noisemakers, spilled on to the sidewalk and cheered yesterday as a rented truck pulled up with a delivery from Ontario Provincial Police headquarters. Inside the truck were more than 2 million church documents seized from Scientology's Toronto offices on March 3, 1983, in the largest police raid in ...
Jan 2, 1992
Scientologist suing province — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Nicolaas van Rijn
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A Church of Scientology minister is suing the provincial government for the right to conduct marriage ceremonies. Andrew Sharman, who was ordained a minister in the Church of Scientology in 1987, says the Ontario government's refusal to authorize him to solemnize marriages is a denial of his religious rights under provincial and federal law. "I don't understand it, my parishioners don't understand it and my church doesn't understand it," Sharman, 42, said yesterday. "I am an ordained minister and under the ...
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