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Forced-abortion lawsuit has a new judge as Scientology appeals ruling on religious grounds

[Laura DeCrescenzo in the Sea Org, circa 1996]

Laura DeCrescenzo’s seven-year forced abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology now has a new judge, and a new appeal submitted by the defendant.

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Nearly four years after Stacy Murphy’s death, Scientology files motion to kill much of lawsuit

  It’s been nearly four years since Stacy Dawn Murphy, 20, was found dead at Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead, in Oklahoma. Two other patients at the clinic had died in just the previous nine months, but it was Stacy’s death that particularly shocked local and national media, leading to a new […]

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Maryland county explains why (don’t call it Scientology) can take a hike

  The county council in Frederick County, Maryland, is fighting the Church of Scientology in court to keep the church from putting one of its quack drug rehab centers in a former fish camp known as Trout Run.

Readers know we’ve been following this dispute for some time, and that it’s a bit technical. […]

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Scientology gets judge disqualified in forced-abortion lawsuit and wants recent order voided

[Judge John P. Doyle]

On Tuesday, we told you that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle had submitted a surprising disclosure in Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. Judge Doyle revealed that he had a first cousin, Greg Smith, who was a Scientologist. In fact, Doyle’s cousins are a longtime, […]

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Scientology responds to Garcia accusations; sexy Virginia congressional candidate visits an org

  Scientology has responded to the new accusations by Luis and Rocio Garcia that the church has made it impossible for the couple to abide by federal Judge James Whittemore’s order that they take their accusations of fraud to Scientology’s internal arbitration.

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Judge Doyle: I have Scientologists in the family, but I can be impartial in forced-abortion case

  A surprising new document showed up in the court file of Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced-abortion lawsuit in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle has submitted a detailed disclosure about his ties to family members who are Scientologists. They are his cousins, and in the six-page document Doyle details his interaction with them, […]

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Monique Rathbun formally ends her lawsuit in Texas; Ken Dandar wins again in Florida

Monique Rathbun’s harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology which she filed in August 2013 has now ended with a document she filed Tuesday in Comal County, Texas.

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Scientology confirms it won’t oppose Monique Rathbun’s plans to ditch lawsuit

  According to the Texas Supreme Court’s online docket, the Church of Scientology has confirmed that it is unopposed to the motion filed last week by Monique Rathbun, who has asked for a stay in her case so she can dismiss her lawsuit outright.

Meanwhile, at his blog, Monique’s husband, Mark “Marty” Rathbun, announced […]

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MONIQUE RATHBUN BLAMES FORMER ATTORNEYS AS SHE PLANS TO DROP LAWSUIT

  Monique Rathbun has asked the Texas Supreme Court to lift the stay in her harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology so she can dismiss the suit itself.

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LIVE IN L.A.: Hearing in Laura DeCrescenzo’s Scientology forced-abortion lawsuit

[Laura DeCrescenzo, Sea Org worker, circa 1996]

Today, in a Los Angeles courtroom, the Church of Scientology will try to convince a judge that it can treat its own workers as harshly as it wants to and a US civil court can have nothing to say about it.

Laura DeCrescenzo filed her abuse lawsuit […]

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