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The bizarre Scientology ideas about death being dredged up in a heartbreaking lawsuit

[Broeker at the Hollywood Palladium]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Scientology denies what a lawsuit alleges in the death of Whitney Mills: That she had been encouraged by Scientologists to “drop her body” rather than get mental health care. Today []

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Why does Scientology get to hold up the Danny Masterson lawsuit in its entirety?

[Judge Upinder Kalra and Danny Masterson]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Danny Masterson’s victims want to bolster their lawsuit against Scientology by adding racketeering charges, and they’ve asked Judge Kalra to reconsider his ruling putting the entire case on hold. []

On trial: Scientology PI accused of assaulting woman he was hired to follow

[David Smith and Susanne Gold-Smith, and Yanti Greene]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Five years after David Smith and his wife Susanne filed lawsuits against several private investigators, a trial is starting today on Long Island, and we will be []

Remembering those who exposed Scientology, each in their way

 TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Sadly, it was time to update our ‘Not Forgotten’ tribute. We have recently lost two giants of the field, Mark Plummer and Andreas Heldal-Lund, and so Observer has done a wonderful job adding them []

Scientology unbound: The grand jury indictments of L. Ron Hubbard 2.0

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Yesterday, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard — his legal name, although we also know him by his previous appellation, ‘Justin Craig’ — had his criminal trial delayed again. However, for the first time we have details []

Scientology wants more days of ‘arbitration’ but Valerie Haney tells judge what’s going on

 TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Before Scientology can ask Wednesday in court for even more time for its ‘arbitration,’ Valerie Haney’s attorneys yesterday filed a 31-page report with a shocking description of what she’s been going through with no []

Scientology puts off racketeering charges by appealing ruling in Masterson victims’ lawsuit

[Defendant David Miscavige and Judge Upinder Kalra]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: [What is this Substack thing, []

The mostly forgotten ship that started one of the biggest Scientology legal cases of all time

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Less well known than its counterparts, the Scientology training ship the Bolivar was where everything began to go wrong with maybe the most well-known Scientologist who ever ended up suing L. Ron Hubbard’s outfit. []

Appeals court denies Jane Doe 1 petition, David Miscavige’s sneaky trick upheld

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: An appeals court has signed off on Scientology leader David Miscavige’s sandbagging which prevented an LA Superior Court from declaring Scientology ‘arbitration’ so unfair it was ‘unconscionable.’ If that sounds like we’re a little []

Here’s David Miscavige’s opposition to Jane Doe 1’s appeal of his sneaky legal maneuver

[Dave in Paris]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We’ve called it sandbagging, but Scientology leader David Miscavige’s maneuver to erase a potentially historic court ruling against the church’s arbitration ploy was found to be timely. Jane Doe is petitioning an []