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Scientology Press Statement

[Scientology 23 February 2000]

From: Stacy Brooks <>
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: CofS press statement
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 11:26:38 -0500
Organization: The Lisa McPherson Trust, 33 North Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33755 Telephone: (727) 467-9335 Fax: (727) 467-9345
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Peter Bernard from Channel 28 just interviewed me about Joan Wood's reversal.
He gave me a copy of the C of S press statement so I could comment on it.

Here it is:


Obviously, the change of the death certificate -- both the cause of death as
well as the conclusion that it was an accident -- is extremely significant and
a huge development that dramatically affects the State's case.

The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) from a
bruise on the left leg. The point is: 

* Her death was sudden
* Her death was unpredictable
* It was undiagnosable

The bruise came from an automobile accident.

The original findings of Joan Wood are what the State based their case on. She
has now reviewed further information and concluded that the death was an

There have been a lot of unsupported and inflammatory allegations about Ms.
McPherson's death. What we've endeavored to do is obtain the scientific
evidence to disprove those allegations and handle this case in a responsible

Obviously the State needs the opportunity to review their case in light of
this dramatic development. 

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