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Jun 22, 2009 Lisa McPherson case: events leading to the death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
St. Petersburg Times (Florida) LISA MCPHERSON TIMELINE:
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Lisa McPherson, a longtime Scientologist, moves from Dallas to Clearwater with her employer, AMC Publishing. The company is operated and staffed mostly by Scientologists who want to be close to the church's spiritual headquarters.
In a ceremony at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Lisa McPherson is publicly declared "clear," a state in which a Scientologist is said ...
Jun 15, 2009 French prosecutor seeks dissolution of Scientology — Reuters More: rickross.com
(Reuters) — A French prosecutor on Monday recommended a Paris court should dissolve the Church of Scientology's French branch when it rules on charges of fraud against the organization. Registered as a religion in the United States, with celebrity members such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology enjoys no such legal protection in France, where it has faced repeated accusations of being a money-making cult. The Church's Paris headquarters and bookshop are defendants in a fraud trial that began ...
May 26, 2009 Tom Cruise and a trial that could drive Scientology out of France — The Independent (UK)
The Independent (UK)
Movement accused of 'organised fraud' against two female members persuaded to part with €20,000 The Scientology movement went on trial in Paris yesterday for "organised fraud" in a case which could lead to the cult's organising bodies being outlawed in France. The French state prosecution service has failed to back the trial but denies that its decision was influenced by the lobbying of French politicians, including Nicolas Sarkozy before he became President, by leading Scientologists, including the actor Tom Cruise. After ...
May 22, 2009 Scientology trial set to begin — Channel 4 (UK)
Channel 4 (UK)
Are the secrets of Scientology about to be exposed in a French court? More4 News goes to Paris to find out. It sounds like a science, but calls itself a church, while opponents have other names for it. Despite celebrity followers such as John Travolta, the Church of Scientology is viewed with suspicion in some countries. Now the organisation faces a legal battle in France, with a trial starting next week threatening its operations there.
May 13, 2009 What do Americans want? Legal pot, White House online survey reports — Washington Post
Forget about the economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and saving Social Security: An online opinion survey released by the White House this week ranks legalizing pot, playing online poker and cracking down on Scientologists as far more important issues.
The results are part of a "Citizen's Briefing Book," which compiles the results of an online project launched by President Obama's transition office to solicit policy ideas from the citizenry. More than 125,000 users submitted 1.4 million votes during ...
May 12, 2009 L’examen du dossier accablant l’église de scientologie reporté [French] — RTL (Europe)
L’examen du dossier accablant l’église de scientologie reporté Escroquerie, extorsion, exercice illégal de la médecine, infraction aux pratiques de commerce et organisation criminelle : ce sont les faits reprochés à 12 personnes et 2 associations. La chambre du conseil de Bruxelles n'a pas entamé mardi les débats sur le règlement de la procédure dans le dossier impliquant l'église de scientologie. Elle a reporté cet examen à une date indéterminée, a-t-on appris auprès d'un des avocats des douze personnes inculpées, Me Xavier ...
May 12, 2009 US teen pleads guilty over Scientology DDoS attacks — The Register (UK)
The Register (UK)
Anonymous botnet hacktivist faces spell behind bars A US teenager has admitted involvement in a high profile denial of service attack against Scientology websites last year. Dmitriy Guzner of Verona, New Jersey, 19, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of using a botnet of compromised PCs in order to flood Church of Scientology-related websites with spurious traffic back in January 2008. Guzner faces between 12 and 18 months at a sentencing hearing, due to take place on 24 August. Guzner identified ...
Apr 22, 2009 Letters to the Editor // Legalizing drugs wrong — El Campo Leader-News More: leader-news.com
El Campo Leader-News
Whatever happened to "Just Say No to Drugs"? In every newspaper of significance, across the Internet and on the airwaves, arguments rage back and forth about the legalization of illicit drugs. Just months ago, the only drug under legalization scrutiny was marijuana. Now, legalization advocates have extended the argument to include cocaine and heroin, drugs that are much more often the target of rehabilitation stays. Arguments in favor of legalization offer such humanitarian benefits as "less drug-related violence," "less illness," "use ...
Apr 2, 2009 Laura Ann DeCrescenzo v. Church of Scientology International, and Does 1-20
Mar 23, 2009 NY state senator indicted, accused of assault — Associated Press
NY state senator indicted on assault charges, accused of attacking girlfriend in jealous rage NEW YORK – A freshman state senator sworn in to office despite allegations he slashed his girlfriend's face with broken glass in a jealous rage has been indicted on domestic assault charges, prosecutors said Monday. A grand jury in Queens indicted Hiram Monserrate on three counts of second-degree felony assault and three counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault. Arraignment is expected later this week. He faces seven years ...
Mar 7, 2009 CPS gives Scientologists same legal protection as mainstream religions — Daily Mail (UK)
Daily Mail (UK)
The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that anyone who attacks Scientology can be prosecuted under faith hate laws. The move will for the first time provide the controversial Church of Scientology – described by some as a cult – the same protection as other mainstream religions. Critics of the organisation, whose members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, attacked the decision last night, saying it would encourage Scientologists to push for official recognition in Britain. The Mail on Sunday understands the ...
Feb 20, 2009 Legal battle between Wachovia and a hedge fund shows the interconnected world of a Wall Street fiasco — Charlotte Business Journal
Charlotte Business Journal
It was a tiny deal in Wall Street terms. In May 2007, Wachovia Bank agreed to make what was essentially a $10 million bet with a small offshore hedge fund.
No big deal; certainly no big impact on Wachovia at the time.
But now, credit markets have nearly frozen. Taxpayers are shelling out $700 billion — with much more expected — to shore up a tottering financial system. Many banks, including Wachovia, have all but failed and disappeared. Venerable Wall Street ...
Feb 13, 2009 Estate of Kyle Thomas Brennan v. Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc., Denise Miscavige Gentile, Gerald Gentile, and Thomas Brennan: Complaint for wrongful death
Feb 2, 2009 The Gerry Ryan Show: John Duignan [starts at 1h 33m] — RTÉ 2fm (Ireland) More:
Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, forums.whyweprotest.net Jan 31, 2009 Trial date set for fraud case against Church of Scientology in France — Wikinews
Jan 23, 2009 Devoir d'enquête: "La Scientologie: La secte démasquée" [Part 1] [Unofficial English translation] — RTBF 1 (Belgium) More:
Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Jan 21, 2009 Claire Headley v. Church of Scientology International, Religious Technology Center (January 2009)
Jan 21, 2009 Veiled legal threats from Diskeeper — realitybasedcommunity.net
Jan 5, 2009 Marc Headley v. Church of Scientology International (Case no. BC 404 958)
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