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Dec 31, 1997 $12.5 Million Deal With I.R.S. Lifted Cloud Over Scientologists — New York Times More:
link Dec 28, 1997 60 Minutes: The Cult Awareness Network — CBS News
Transcript: Descriptions of video in italics. VO=Voiceover of Lesley Stahl. LESLEY STAHL (in studio): There was a time if you were worried about your son or daughter being in a cult, you could get help from a small, non-profit organization called the Cult Awareness Network, or CAN, for 20 years the nation’s best-known resource for information and advice about groups it considered dangerous. Among them was Scientology, a church not known for turning the other cheek. But church officials say Scientology ...
Dec 28, 1997 Church of Scientology Hits Critics Where They Live — Seattle Times
Dec 16, 1997 Letters to the Editor / "Scientology's tactics" / Re: Spreading pure innuendo, Dec. 11 1997 — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: pqasb.pqarchiver.com
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Re: Spreading pure innuendo, Dec. 11, 1997
When reading the letter from Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, it is important to keep a crucial fact in mind. Rinder's department, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA), is part public relations machine and part covert intelligence agency.
OSA is the successor to Scientology's Guardian's Office (GO), which was supposedly "disbanded" after its leaders were convicted of conspiracy against the U.S. government for executing "Operation Snow White". The GO also ran a number of operations, ...
Dec 12, 1997 Ex-Scientologist wins $6 million after 17-year fight — Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California) More: link
Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
Type: Tort, intentional infliction of emotion distress,
Bench decision: Amendment of judgment - $6,025,857
($4,649,328 renewed judgment plus $1,376,529 accrued
Case/Number: Larry Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of
California / C332027.
Court/Date: L.A. Superior Central / Oct. 29, 1997.
Judge: John P. Shook.
Attorneys: Plaintiff - Craig J. Stein (Gartenberg, Jaffe,
Gelfand & Stein, LLP, L.A.); Daniel A. Leipold, Cathy Shipe,
Robert F. Donohue (Hagenbaugh & Murphy, Orange); Lita
Schlosser (Encino); Ford Greene (Hub Law Offices, San
Sep 1, 1997 Scientology: The science fiction religion — Victorian Inter-Campus Edition (Australia)
Sep 1, 1997 Special look at the Church of Scientology [exact date unknown] — Lotus magazine
Sep 1, 1997 The Church of Scientology responds — Victorian Inter-Campus Edition (Australia)
Mar 9, 1997 An ultra-aggressive use of investigators and the courts — New York Times More: link
New York Times
For years, Scientology has gone to great lengths to defend itself from critics. Often its defense has involved private investigators working for its lawyers. While the use of private investigators is common in the legal profession, some instances involving the church have been unusual. Scientology officials said that the investigators operated within the law and that the tactics were necessary to counter attacks made over the years by Internal Revenue Service agents and the press. "When people stop spreading lies about ...
Mar 9, 1997 Scientology's puzzling journey from tax rebel to tax exempt // Taxes and tactics behind an I.R.S. reversal — New York Times More: link
New York Times
On Oct. 8, 1993, 10,000 cheering Scientologists thronged the Los Angeles Sports Arena to celebrate the most important milestone in the church's recent history: victory in its all-out war against the Internal Revenue Service. For 25 years, I.R.S. agents had branded Scientology a commercial enterprise and refused to give it the tax exemption granted to churches. The refusals had been upheld in every court. But that night the crowd learned of an astonishing turnaround. The I.R.S. had granted tax exemptions to ...
Mar 6, 1997 Nightmare on the Net — Denver Westword News
Denver Westword News
A web of intrigue surrounds the high-stakes legal brawl between FACTnet and the Church of Scientology. Strange things happen around Lawrence Wollersheim. His businesses collapse. His Boulder apartment gets raided by federal marshals, his computers seized. When college students offer to help him rebuild his computer bulletin-board system, they receive threatening phone calls–anonymous voices urging them to stay away from Larry. A California judge who presided over a lawsuit in which Wollersheim was the plaintiff told reporters he'd encountered a lot ...
Mar 1, 1997 Phillip Adams: Weird Science — The Weekend Australian
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