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Jailed scientologist seeks freedom pending appeal

Title: Jailed scientologist seeks freedom pending appeal
Date: Saturday, 20 June 1981
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Main source: news.google.com

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Scientologist Mitchell Hermann, who was jailed Wednesday for refusing to testify before federal grand jury, has appealed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Hermann, who was still in the Hillsborough County Jail as of Friday evening, also asked the appeals court to order him released on bail pending the outcome of his appeal.

Deputy court clerk Kembra Smith said late Friday afternoon that the court had taken no action on Hermann's motion to set bail which she said was filed late Thursday.

Ms. Smith added that Scientologist Francine Vannier, also held in contempt for refusing to testify, had not filed an appeal.

U.S. District Judge Ben Krentzman found both Hermann and Mrs. Vannier in contempt after a closed hearing Wednesday. He ordered Hermann jailed without bail. Mrs. Vannier was allowed to remain free after posting a small bond, Church of Scientology spokesman Milt Wolfe said.

The grand jury is investigating Church of Scientology activities in Clearwater.