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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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Swiss politicians sue Scientology for libel in battle over anti-drug front group

We have another exclusive from our man in Paris, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen, who filed this report today…

Two Swiss politicians are suing Scientology in the latest twist of a long-running battle to expose the movement’s links to an anti-drugs group there.

They filed their case in response to a Scientology spokeswoman’s comments dismissing their […]

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Pearl Harbor Day 2015 — Mark your calendar for a day that will live in Scientology infamy

Finally, we have a new trial date in Laura DeCrescenzo’s forced abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. Filed in 2009, the lawsuit has had a very complex history as the church challenged it on statute of limitation grounds, resulting in the suit’s dismissal. But an appeals court revived it, Laura then fought all the […]

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Judge calls for February mini-trial in Garcia case, and we have text of the Lemberger lawsuit

Judge James D. Whittemore

Here’s a little bit of a surprise. We had expected that Tampa federal District Judge James D. Whittemore would be nearing a decision on the Church of Scientology’s motion to compel Luis and Rocio Garcia to submit to internal church arbitration and dismiss their fraud lawsuit.

Instead, he’s called for […]

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Classic Scientology shenanigans as class action lawsuit is filed against legal opponent NAFC

Wasn’t it just yesterday we made the point that Scientology is incapable of evolving into a more benign form?

For you connoisseurs of classic Scientology legal chicanery, you’re going to love the full body and complex flavors of this vintage.

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Ryan Hamilton’s next move: Consolidating his Narconon litigation into one big case

Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed 24 separate lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, in three states. We’ve noticed that some of our commenters have wondered how one attorney can handle so many different suits at the same time, and apparently, that question has occurred to Hamilton himself.

On November 3, Hamilton submitted […]

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RIFFER MADNESS: Scientology leader David Miscavige goes smeary in new court filing

Jeffrey Riffer

Scientology leader David Miscavige has filed a motion to get himself dismissed from the massive lawsuit filed by the National Association of Forensic Counselors against Scientology and its drug rehab network, Narconon. But unlike the many other similar motions filed in the case, this is far from a routine legal document, and it […]

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Ken Dandar files another court appeal to get out of Scientology’s million-dollar noose

Let’s keep one thing in mind as we review, once again, why Tampa attorney Ken Dandar is facing ruination.

The only reason his bizarre legal situation exists is because two people died on Scientology’s watch.

One was a young church member named Lisa McPherson, who died in 1995 of severe dehydration, several experts […]

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Dani Lemberger, who led a breakaway Israel mission, sues Scientology for libel and fraud

We just spoke with Dani Lemberger, who let us know that he’s filed suit against the Church of Scientology in Tel Aviv.

“We’ve been working hard at it the last two years,” Dani told us by telephone from Haifa. “It wasn’t easy. It took time to find the right lawyer.”

Dani and his wife […]

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Scientology got another legal spanking in France months ago and we’re just now finding out

Jonny Jacobsen

Remember when Scientology’s fraud conviction in France was upheld by that country’s highest court just over a year ago? Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, worked feverishly that day to bring us several dispatches about it.

Jonny had been covering the fraud prosecution for years, and he helped us understand just how […]

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Ryan Hamilton hit with setback as Narconon motion to dismiss prevails on some issues

Ryan Hamilton

Since January, we’ve been reporting on the 24 lawsuits filed by Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. And in that time, Hamilton’s batting average has been remarkably high — in some cases, defendants Narconon International and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) have thrown in the […]

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