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NAFC names David Miscavige a witness in Scientology trial scheduled for October

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We talked yesterday with David Keesling, the attorney who is representing the National Association of Forensic Counselors. In 2014 the NAFC filed a massive, complex, and highly technical lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, its leader David Miscavige, and 80 other defendants associated with Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

The NAFC accused Scientology of misusing the NAFC’s trademarks in a conspiracy aimed at making Narconon appear more legitimate than it actually is. NAFC president Karla Taylor initiated the lawsuit after she learned from former Narconon employees Lucas Catton and Eric Tenorio allegations that NAFC certifications for individual drug counselors were fraudulently obtained, and that Narconon’s websites misleadingly made use of the NAFC’s logo.

Some of the defendants in the original lawsuit, including Miscavige, have managed to get themselves dropped from the suit. But as we explained earlier, Keesling plans to make Miscavige a defendant again in a refiled version of the lawsuit in a new venue. (The original lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma, where Scientology’s flagship rehab center, Narconon Arrowhead, is located. Keesling says Miscavige will be a defendant in a version of the lawsuit filed in Indiana, where the NAFC is located.)

The original lawsuit now has an October 4 trial date in Oklahoma, and although Miscavige is no longer a defendant in it, both sides recently filed the lists of witnesses they plan to call during the trial, and on the list Keesling submitted for the NAFC, one of the names was David Miscavige.

“Yeah, why not? I need his testimony,” Keesling said when we asked him about it.

And if Miscavige fails to show?

“Then they have a discovery problem. We’ll sue them in Los Angeles if we need to,” he responded.

Keesling says that attorneys for both sides are currently in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the pre-trial action picks up. “We’ll be in depositions from now to August,” he says.

Scientology’s strategy in the lawsuit has been to attack the NAFC and its credibility as a licensing body. Which is interesting, since Scientology had for years held up the NAFC and its certifications on its rehab websites.

In fact, at one point Scientology had such a high opinion of NAFC, it tried to buy the company, Keesling says.

“I’m anxious to ask Miscavige about their effort to purchase NAFC,” he says. In 2005 or 2006, he explains, a Scientology agent approached Karla Taylor about the idea. “They offered to fly her out to the Celebrity Centre to meet celebrities and said they’d treat her like a superstar.”

Well, we’d certainly like to see David Miscavige answer questions about that on the witness stand in Muskogee in October. Now that’s a trip we’d be happy to make.

Here’s NAFC’s witness list…

NAFC v. Narconon: Plaintiff's Witness List

Here’s Narconon’s witness list…

NAFC v. Narconon: Defense Witness List

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 7, 2016 at 07:00

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