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Court overturns Scientology judgment

Title: Court overturns Scientology judgment
Date: Tuesday, 4 May 1982
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Monday overturned a jury's finding that the Church of Scientology had committed fraud against a former member and intentionally caused her emotional distress.

The court nevertheless ruled that Martin Samuels, a Portland minister of the church, and the church's mission in Oregon should be retried on the fraud count.

However, the jury will be allowed to look at only those claims made against the church that were of a secular nature, the court ruled.

The opinion said the First Amendment protects religions from fraud charges because the truth of religious beliefs cannot be determined by a court.

The suit was filed by Julie Christofferson, who moved to Portland from Eureka, Mont. in 1975 after graduating from high school.