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Church requests that trial be moved

Title: Church requests that trial be moved
Date: Friday, 23 May 2003
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Robert Farley
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The church says a survey shows that Pinellas jurors have been heavily influenced by media reports. Respondents used words such as "cult" and "evil" frequently. CLEARWATER — Earlier this spring, as the Church of Scientology prepared for its biggest trial in recent history, professional researchers combed Tyrone Square Mall asking Pinellas residents what they thought of the church. "A cult," said person after person. "Scam," said one. "Crooks," said another. The researchers, hired by the church, questioned 300 people. Their findings ... [Read the rest at]