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Rizza Islam’s sisters plead no contest, leaving him last facing trial in Medi-Cal fraud case

[Rizza got a boost from ABC last year]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After seven years, notorious anti-vaxxer and Scientology/Nation of Islam figure Rizza Islam is last man standing in his fraud case. Also, news about serving David Miscavige, and []

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Hey, Dublin: Want to see some Scientology child abuse?

 TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: We have a couple of videos for you today that we think should generate a lot of discussion, particularly from our ex-Scientologist readers. Please check them out and give us your thoughts! Go here []

Jane Doe 1 makes rare statement: Don’t delay Danny Masterson trial for baseball conflict

[Danny Masterson and Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: After we published court documents showing how Danny Masterson is trying to delay trial, one of his accusers put out a rare statement. We have the full document []

Danny Masterson delay attempt: Shawn Holley busy with Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer case

[Danny Masterson and Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer]

As we pointed out recently, Danny Masterson has broken his streak of appealing failed motions in his criminal rape case, and his October 11 trial in Los Angeles []

Amended complaint: Even more horror in labor trafficking lawsuit against Scientology

[Scientology’s floating cathedral, the Freewinds]

We have the new amended complaint that was filed yesterday in the labor trafficking lawsuit first filed against Scientology in April, and it contains even more horrific detail about the hardships endured by Valeska Paris and Gawain and Laura Baxter, former Sea Org workers who today live in []

Scientology leader David Miscavige is evading service, says the Valeska Paris team

[Illustration by Observer]

Once again a lawsuit has been filed against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, and somehow Miscavige has managed to keep himself out of court by simply evading service of the []

Scientology trafficking case do-over: Both sides reload in light of ‘arbitration’ motions

[Valeska Paris and the Freewinds]

There’s been an interesting shuffling of troop positions in the battle going on in a Tampa courtroom over a labor trafficking lawsuit filed against the Church of []

Danny Masterson done with appeals before Oct 11 trial? Can Scientology allow it to happen?

[Danny Masterson and el jefe, David Miscavige]

We have some updates on some of the legal cases we’ve been watching, and thought we’d collect them in a single piece. First, we are kind of surprised to find that Danny Masterson is apparently not trying to appeal his most recent defeat in his criminal rape []

Is Scientology key to solving a young woman’s disappearance? Police want to know.

[Yolanda Klug]

What a treat it was this week to speak with Ursula Caberta, someone we haven’t heard from in several years. Longtime readers will remember that Ursula was a political figure in Germany who spearheaded a state-sponsored effort to expose Scientology abuses in that []

Scientology begs radical US Supreme Court to intervene and protect its ‘religious freedom’

[Justice Stephen Breyer, to the right of Chief Justice Roberts, has retired and been replaced by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson]

As promised, Scientology filed its petition to the US Supreme Court yesterday, asking it to overturn a stunning January ruling by a California appeals court that dealt a serious blow to the church’s use of arbitration []