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Dec 16, 1999
State of Florida Department of Health v. David Ira Minkoff, M.D. / Case no. 1997-15802
Dec 15, 1999
Scientology leader named defendant in suit — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Dec 8, 1999
When can a church be accused of a crime? — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Howard Troxler
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
There is a story about lawyers that involves a flower pot falling off a high ledge. A passer-by sues, claiming he was injured. The defense lawyer answers: First, it wasn't our pot. Second, if it was, it didn't fall. Third, if it fell, it didn't hit you. Fourth, if it hit you, you weren't hurt. This "flower pot strategy" is being employed by both sides in the current criminal case against a corporation of the Church of Scientology. Both sides' arguments ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 7, 1999
Belief called irrelevant in death — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology in Clearwater cannot rely on religious grounds to escape prosecution in the death of one of its members, Pinellas-Pasco prosecutors argued in a strongly worded document filed Monday. The document referred to the church's Clearwater entity as "a multifaceted non-profit corporation" that "engages in extensive revenue sharing activity" and generates "tremendous cash flow." The wording aims to undercut an argument by church lawyers that Scientology staffers were giving "spiritual assistance" to parishioner Lisa McPherson when she died ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 2, 1999
Scientology hires top Clearwater law firm — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The church selects Johnson Blakely to represent it on a number of local issues. CLEARWATER – The Church of Scientology has hired Clearwater's most prominent and well-connected law firm to represent it on a wide range of issues, yet another indicator of Scientology's increasing acceptance into Clearwater's civic circles. Church officials reached an agreement for legal services on Tuesday with the firm of Johnson Blakely Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns. The account will be handled by Ed Armstrong, a partner in ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 24, 1999
Scientology prompts review of death case — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 16, 1999
Foe of Scientology plans move to area — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Robert Minton intends to buy property in downtown Clearwater. Meanwhile, a restraining order against him is extended to Nov. 29. The Church of Scientology came to court Monday hoping its No. 1 enemy, Robert S. Minton, would never again be allowed near church properties in Clearwater. Instead, church officials learned that Minton, a 53-year-old New England millionaire, plans to be much too close for their comfort. Clearwater lawyer Denis de Vlaming told Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Thomas E. Penick Jr. that Minton ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 6, 1999
Police no longer monitoring Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
May 12, 1999
Scientology files motions to drop charges — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology in Clearwater says it is immune from criminal prosecution in the death of Lisa McPherson and wants the felony charges against it dismissed. In lengthy motions filed this week, Scientology's lawyers argue that the charges filed against the church last November "are both unnecessary and impermissible." Church staffers gave "spiritual assistance" to McPherson, a fellow Scientologist, in the days before she died, thus their actions were protected under the First Amendment and the state's new Religious Freedom ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 2, 1999
Die dunkle Seite von Scientology // Ein film von Mona Botros und Egmond R. Koch — ARD (Germany)
Apr 1, 1999
The Thetans' revenge — New Times Los Angeles
Mar 29, 1999
At home: Critics public and private keep pressure on Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Lucy Morgan
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology leaders say they want peace. They say they want to stay out of court. But with both foes at home and foes abroad, that goal may be elusive. Leaders of the Clearwater-based Church of Scientology say they hope the years of heavy legal expenses are over. That may not be a realistic hope. While the number of cases Scientology is currently pursuing is down in the United States, a survey of the cases still under way shows a persistence and ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 28, 1999
Store selling Scientology vitamin regimen raises concerns — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Geoff Dougherty
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
NEW PORT RICHEY – Two members of the state physician's board are questioning whether a health-food store with ties to Scientology is practicing medicine illegally by offering a church-sanctioned vitamin regimen. The treatment, called "purification rundown," is one of the first steps Scientologists take upon joining the church. Church members tout the rundown as a purifying routine that enables people to kick drug abuse and "think more clearly and have more energy." Some physicians, and a former Scientologist interviewed by the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Feb 1, 1999
Scientology: A church and its foes / Scientologists, Florida city at odds — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
More: link
Jan 21, 1999
Picket Fencing — Phoenix New Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Phoenix New Times
In response to the July 24 Post-Gazette news articles "Scientology Comes to Town": As a 60-year resident of Pittsburgh and a 20-year member of the Church of Scientology, I am compelled to set the record straight on your July 24 articles about Scientology. The article missed the help the church and its members are extending to millions around the world, including residents of Pennsylvania. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were a rude awakening for everyone. For many of us, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 14, 1998
Investigative Reports: Inside Scientology [Part 1 of 10] — Arts and Entertainment Channel
Type: TV
Source: Arts and Entertainment Channel
ANNOUNCER: On December 14, 1998, this is “Investigative Reports”. BILL KURTIS: Hello, I’m Bill Kurtis. It is America’s most controversial religion. Some, in fact, say it’s not a religion at all. For 40 years, the Church of Scientology has flourished in this country, while under constant attack by the government, the media, and the psychiatric profession. It’s been perceived as an organization interested only in money making, which brainwashes its members and then bankrupts them; all untrue, say its leaders and ...
Dec 9, 1998
Church's complaints take buses off road — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Pinellas County's transit chief pulled 10 buses off the road Sunday after the Church of Scientology complained that the vehicles' side panels contained anti-Scientology advertising. The ads were purchased by church critics and were to be on buses Saturday through Monday as part of a weekend-long protest against Scientology. Each of the 11 ads carried a different message. Among them: "Think for Yourself. Quit Scientology," "Find out why so many people oppose Dianetics and Scientology" and "Why does Scientology lie to ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 6, 1998
McPherson relatives lead protest — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Protesters gather in a somber ceremony outside the Fort Harrison Hotel, where Lisa McPherson spent her final days. CLEARWATER — Relatives of Lisa McPherson made a tear-filled trip Saturday night to the Scientology hotel where she spent her final days under guard and in the grips of a mental breakdown. Her aunt and uncle, Dell and Art Liebreich, and her cousin Kim Krenek led a group of about 60 anti-Scientology protesters who held candles and laid a wreath outside a privacy ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 6, 1998
The life & death of a Scientologist // After 13 years and thousands of dollars, Lisa McPherson finally went 'Clear.' Then she went insane — Washington Post
More: xenutv.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Leiby
Source: Washington Post
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dec 6, 1998 - "I am L. Ron Hubbard," the woman on the hotel room bed announced in a robotic voice. "I created time 3 billion years ago." She rambled on and on, every outburst dutifully scribbled down by those assigned to watch her. "I can't confront force . . . I need my auditor . . . I want to take a toothbrush and brush the floor until I have a cognition." The jargon of Scientology was ...
Dec 1, 1998
Scientology pleads not guilty in 1995 death — New York Times
More: link
Nov 23, 1998
State takes middle road against Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
"I think there was a sense that this was a senseless death," said [Bob] Heyman, whose boss, State Attorney Bernie McCabe, was only beginning to examine the case of Lisa McPherson. Heyman, now in private practice, was preparing to end a 15-year career as a prosecutor. Among McCabe's options: Be aggressive and level a serious charge such as manslaughter, but risk a bruising legal battle with the Church of Scientology, which had taken on much bigger fish than McCabe. He eventually ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 20, 1998
Editorial // Scientology's new tack — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Church of Scientology officials now admit they made a mistake in the case of the Lisa McPherson, who died in the organization's care, but questions remain. hen Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe filed two criminal charges against the Church of Scientology last week over Lisa McPherson's death, the reaction of church officials was unusually benign. "We'd like to see how to move forward and put this unfortunate incident behind us," said Mike Rinder, a top Scientology official known more for his ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 14, 1998
Church of Scientology charged in member's death — CNN
Type: Press
Source: CNN
CLEARWATER, Florida (CNN) — The Church of Scientology was charged by Florida prosecutors Friday in the death of a member. The State Attorney's office in Pinellas County filed the felony charges after a lengthy investigation into the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson. McPherson had been a member of the church for 18 years and, according to relatives, had been talking about leaving the church. McPherson, 36, died December 5, 1995, after being confined for 18 days to a Scientology property called ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 14, 1998
Church of Scientology charged in member's dehydration death — Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Justice: Severe dehydration proved fatal to female believer who, family contends, was held against her will. Prosecutor files two felony counts. CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Church of Scientology was charged Friday in the 1995 death of a member whose family claimed she became severely dehydrated after being held against her will for 17 days. Prosecutor Bernie McCabe charged the church with abuse or neglect of a disabled adult and unauthorized practice of medicine, both felonies. The church noted that prosecutors did ...
Nov 14, 1998
Florida charges Scientology in church member's death // 2-year investigation leads to felony filing — New York Times
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Douglas Frantz
Source: New York Times
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 13 — Florida prosecutors filed criminal charges today against the Church of Scientology in connection with the death of a church member while she was under the care of Scientologists three years ago. The church's Flag Service Organization, its chief operating arm in Clearwater, Fla., was charged with abuse or neglect of a disabled adult and with the unauthorized practice of medicine in the death of the church member, Lisa McPherson, 36. The felony charges were filed in ...
Nov 14, 1998
Hubbard's teachings guide treatment of mental illness — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
CLEARWATER — When Lisa McPherson left Morton Plant Hospital with her fellow Scientologists, she crossed a line between worlds that differ sharply on how mental illness should be treated. The Scientologists who watched her for the next 17 days relied on the teachings of their late founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who scorned psychiatry and wrote that any apprentice of his mental health practices "knows more and can do more about the mind than any psychiatrist." In contrast, doctors at Morton Plant ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 14, 1998
McPherson's death incites Web protests — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Lucy Morgan
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
In death, Lisa McPherson has gained fame around the world. Internet pages describing her death in the hands of the Church of Scientology have proliferated in Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, French and German. Scientology critics from Copenhagen to San Francisco walk the streets carrying signs that question the Dec. 5, 1995, death of McPherson in Clearwater. Some of those critics will be in Clearwater on the anniversary of her death again this year to picket Scientology buildings. Internet interest in McPherson ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 14, 1998
Scientology charged in member's death — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The church faces two felony charges in its treatment of Lisa McPherson. The Church of Scientology in Clearwater has been charged with criminal neglect and practicing medicine without a license in the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson, the mentally disturbed Scientologist who turned to outsiders for help before church officials intervened and placed her under their care. Unlicensed Scientology staffers "medicated her without her consent," isolated her and took other measures to treat her physical and mental condition at Scientology's Fort ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 13, 1998
Church of Scientology charged in member's death — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
CLEARWATER (AP) — A prosecutor charged the Church of Scientology on Friday with two felonies in the death of a member whose family claims she became severely dehydrated after being held against her will for 17 days. Lisa McPherson, 36, died in December 1995. She had been under the 24-hour care of church members at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Scientology's international retreat in downtown Clearwater. Her family has claimed she was held against her will after trying to leave the church. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Oct 25, 1998
David Miscavige speaks... — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
In six hours of interviews, Miscavige discussed and defended the organization he has led since age 26. About fears Scientology plans to take over Clearwater: “Oddly enough one thing that we have never attempted to do ... is to promote Scientologists moving to Clearwater. That was never part of the planning. Ever." About what should happen next in Clearwater: “I do think we have to put the past behind us, and that’s why I felt a dialogue should be opened. To ...
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