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Scientology goes to court - Hearing weighs church claims

Title: Scientology goes to court - Hearing weighs church claims
Date: Thursday, 6 April 2000
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Thomas C. Tobin
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Pinellas prosecutors are standing by their allegation that Lisa McPherson suffered severe dehydration before she died in the care of Church of Scientology staffers in Clearwater. The hearing in downtown St. Petersburg included a rare public appearance by Scientology's Los Angeles-based leader David Miscavige, who huddled with the church's lawyers at breaks and passed them notes during the proceedings. Behind him: an estimated 200 local Scientologists, many of whom have written affidavits saying the prosecution of Scientology has burdened the practice ... [Read the rest at]