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May 30, 1985
Scientologists argue for mistrial — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 1,000 Scientologists lined the halls of a county courthouse and marched outside Wednesday while a lawyer argued for a mistrial in the case of a $39 million fraud judgment for a former member of the group. Jurors who returned the judgment against the Church of Scientology were deliberately misled by the plaintiff's attorney, said Earle C. Cooley, a lawyer for the group, in arguments before Multnomah County Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer. Cooley also contended ...
May 30, 1985
Scientology on trial — Willamette Week
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Author(s): Bill Driver
Source: Willamette Week
Why a Portland jury awarded $39 million in damages against one of the world's most profitable cults. ONE SUNNY AFTERNOON last week, an elderly man, who looked as though he had probably spent the past few nights sleeping under the stars, stood in the southeast corner of Lownsdale Square in downtown Portland gazing in bewilderment at the scene before him. Several hundred people, many wearing T-shirts proclaiming something about a crusade for religious freedom, gathered around a large stage in the ...
May 26, 1985
The selling of Scientology // Hubbard's motivations revealed in correspondence — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Three years after publishing a best-selling book in 1950 about his theories for improving mental health, L. Ron Hubbard, 42, was living in Spain and worrying about money. An idea struck him. Why not present Scientology as a religion, he suggested in a letter written to Helen O'Brien, then the head of an organization for marketing his mental health concepts known as the Hubbard Association of Scientologists. This was the formative stage of the Church of Scientology. Over the next 30 ...
May 23, 1985
Rally against huge damage award // Scientologists cast protest as defense of all religion — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Author(s): Peter H. King
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Duane Wolcott lives at a Christian church here, earning his keep as a custodian. He decribes his principal occupation, however, as "street evangelist," and it is his belief that this week the mysterious hand of God tossed him a terrific career opportunity. The burly 49-year-old could be found at a park by the Willamette River, happily passing out Christian pamphlets to Scientologists attending a free concert by one of their own, jazz musician Chick Corea. "We feel God ...
May 21, 1985
Lawyer's tactics 'gift from heaven' for Titchbourne side — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
PORTLAND ATTORNEY Ted Runstein was arguing a pretrial motion last March on behalf of the Church of Scientology when a portly Boston Irishman with thinning red hair and a fat briefcase ambled into the courtroom and parked himself at the counsel table. "I'm too old to fight the preliminaries," the Boston lawyer told Multnomah Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer. "I'm just measuring the ring and getting a feel for the rules. I'll be here for the main event." Such was the ...
May 21, 1985
Scientology trial jurors ignored advertising blitz — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
The Church of Scientology in Portland waged an expensive, large-scale advertising campaign throughout the fraud trial that led to a $39 million verdict against the church and its founder, but jurors said they paid no attention to it. Printed advertisements appeared frequently in daily and weekly newspapers in the Portland area throughout the 10-week trial, and radio and television commercials were played on several local stations. Two jurors who were interviewed Monday said the jury's decision was based on long discussions ...
May 19, 1985
Local sect members protest jury decision — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Author(s): Jack Reynolds
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
CLEARWATER—Local members of the Church of Scientology took to the streets Saturday night to protest a $39 million jury award to an Oregon woman who claimed she was defrauded by the sect. Approximately 300 Clearwater Scientologists mounted a candlelight vigil to protest the Portland jury's Friday action in favor of disgruntled former church member Julie Christofferson Titchbourne. The Scientologists paraded from their headquarters at the former Fort Harrison Hotel through downtown Clearwater to the Coachmen Park area, where they listened to ...
May 19, 1985
Scientologists converge on Portland for protest: Thousands to assail award of $39 million to ex-member in suit — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Author(s): Jan Klunder
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Several thousand members of the Church of Scientology are planning to converge on Portland, Ore., today and Monday to protest a jury's $39-million damage award to a former church member who claimed that she was defrauded out of $3,253 by the group. The Rev. Kathleen Gorgon, president of the Church of Scientology of California, said that several hundred members left Saturday from the church's Hollywood headquarters by car, bus, train and plane to join others from around the world in a ...
May 19, 1985
Scientology jury awards $39 million — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury awarded $39 million in punitive damages Friday to a Portland woman after finding she was victimized by "wanton misconduct" by the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The verdict was returned in favor of Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, 27, after 2½ days of deliberation and a 10-week trial. One of her lawyers, Ronald L. Wade, said it was the biggest punitive damages verdict in Oregon history. John Carmichael, president of the Church of ...
May 18, 1985
Titchbourne hopes $39 million award may help others — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
After winning a $39 million judgment against the Church of Scientology late Friday afternoon, Julie Christofferson Titchbourne said she hoped to establish a foundation to help other victims of thought-control organizations. Titchbourne, a soft-spoken civil engineer who hugged her mother, husband and lawyers after hearing the jury's decision, said she hoped her experience could be turned to an advantage for others whose lives need rebuilding. During a brief appearance before reporters outside the courtroom door, neither Titchbourne nor one of her ...
May 18, 1985
Woman awarded $39 million in Scientology suit — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury awarded $39 million in punitive damages Friday to a Portland woman after finding that she was victimized by "wanton misconduct" by the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The verdict was returned in favor of Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, 27, after 2½ days of deliberations and a 10-week trial. One of her lawyers, Ronald L. Wade, said it was the biggest punitive damages verdict in Oregon history. The jury also awarded fraud damages ...
May 18, 1985
Woman awarded $39 million in Scientology trial — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Author(s): Roch Thornton
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
PORTLAND, Ore.—A jury Friday awarded $39 million to a woman who says the Church of Scientology defrauded her with claims it would improve her eyesight and make her more intelligent. The Multnomah Circuit Court jury, after a 10-week trial and 2½ days of deliberations, found the church defrauded Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, a church member for nine months, in 1975 and 1976. "This is a ridiculous decision. The Constitution is in serious trouble in the state of Oregon and we will appeal," ...
May 16, 1985
Scientology defense religion-based — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
A civil fraud suit in Portland seeking $42 million in punitive damages against the Church of Scientology was described Tuesday as the "broadest-based attack on religion that has ever happened in the history of man." Earle C. Cooley, a Boston attorney who headed the church defense, told a Multnomah County Circuit jury that Scientology "ranks up among the most abused religions in the history of the world. Perhaps only the Jews have suffered more at the hands of their enemies." Cooley, ...
May 10, 1985
Scientology case testimony ends — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Testimony in a civil fraud trial against the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, ended Thursday in Multnomah County Circuit Court near the end of the ninth week of trial. Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer scheduled closing arguments to begin Monday and indicated that they would last at least two days. Loader and attorneys in the case plan to spend most of Friday discussing legal instructions to be delivered to the jury at the close of arguments. The ...
May 8, 1985
Scientologists relieved of answering on tenets — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Members of the Church of Scientology who appear as defense witnesses in a fraud case against their church will not have to answer questions about basic tenets of their religion, a Portland judge ruled Tuesday. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer based his ruling on the constitutional right to religious freedom. "Religious beliefs are of no concern to the court," he said. "Basic tenets of religion will not be made the subject of examination." The ruling was a victory for ...
May 5, 1985
Judge frees records of church founder — Olympian
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has released from court custody records of reclusive Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's World War II military service and medical treatment. The records could show whether Hubbard, who has written that he was crippled and blinded as a result of war injuries, was actually injured. Attorneys for a woman suing the church contend he never served in combat, and never was seriously injured. Hubbard has written in church materials that he cured himself ...
May 4, 1985
Judge frees Hubbard data from custody — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Records of L. Ron Hubbard's World War II military service and medical treatment were released from court custody Friday by a Portland judge who decided they have become relevant to a fraud trial against the Church of Scientology. Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer ruled that defense testimony offered this week by the church would make the private records relevant to the claim by a Portland woman that the church and its founder, Hubbard, defrauded her in 1975. Londer reviewed several hundred ...
May 2, 1985
Scientologists open defense in civil suit — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
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A Church of Scientology member who said her involvement in the church helped free her life of drugs and excessive use of alcohol testified Wednesday that the church helped pay for a 1978 lawsuit she filed against opponents of the church. Jessica Marks, a former Portland resident, appeared as the first witness for the church in defense of a $42 million civil fraud trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the church and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The fraud suit ...
May 1, 1985
Founder of Scientology faces default judgement — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
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A Multnomah County judge entered a default judgment Tuesday against L. Ron Hubbard, the controversial founder of the Church of Scientology, as a long-running civil fraud trial against Hubbard and the church reached the halfway mark. Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer signed the default against the reclusive Hubbard at the conclusion of the plaintiff's case in the eighth week of trial. Hubbard, who has not been seen publicly since 1980, did not appear for the trial. Londer's ruling means Hubbard by ...
Apr 26, 1985
Judge said targeted by church — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
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A Portland judge who presided over a fraud trial involving the Church of Scientology in 1979 was the target of a covert operation by the church aimed at learning his attitudes about drug usage and sexual promiscuity, a former Scientologist testified Thursday. Martin L. Samuels, former head of the church in Portland, also testified that he and other church officials lied in the 1979 trial and that one reluctant ex-Scientologist was paid either $5,000 or $7,000 to testify on behalf of ...
Apr 19, 1985
Witness says judge probed — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
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A Portland judge who presided over a fraud trial involving the Church of Scientology in 1979 was the target of a covert operation by the church aimed at learning his attitudes about drug usage and sexual promiscuity, a former Scientologist testified Thursday. Martin L. Samuels, former head of the church in Portland, also testified that he and other church officials lied in the 1979 trial and that one reluctant ex-Scientologist was paid either $5,000 or $7,000 to testify on behalf of ...
Apr 13, 1985
Two tapes not played at cult trial — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Attorneys for the Church of Scientology finished their cross-examination of a former Scientologist Friday without attempting to use the last two of four surreptitiously recorded videotapes made for the purpose of discrediting him. The latter tapes, made in Los Angeles In November 1984 without the knowledge of Gerald D. Armstrong, a church critic who appeared on them, were delivered to Multnomah Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer Friday. Londer had learned of the existence of the tapes Thursday and ordered them produced ...
Apr 12, 1985
New secret tapes revealed in lawsuit — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
The existence of two more surreptitiously made videotapes involving conversations of a former member of the Church of Scientology was revealed in court Thursday, one day after church lawyers said they had no knowledge of any more such tapes. The new tapes bring to four the number of meetings in which the former Scientologist, who has attacked the church, was videotaped without his knowledge during meetings with church members who led him to believe they were trying to reform church practices. ...
Apr 11, 1985
Scientology trial jury views surreptiously made videotapes — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
The Church of Scientology struck back Wednesday against a former member who testified against the church by playing to a Portland jury videotapes, made surreptitiously, in which the man discussed placing phony documents in church files. Multnomah Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer allowed the 108 minutes of tapes, made in a Los Angeles park last November, to be played to the jury as evidence of bias on the part of Gerald D. Armstrong against the church. "I can create documents with ...
Apr 9, 1985
Lawyers hassle at Scientology trial — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Lawyers in the long-running Scientology fraud trial in Portland traded accusations Monday during an unusual day in which no testimony was presented to the jurors. Jurors were confined to a small room down the hall while Multnomah County Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer waded through a series of legal issues, including complaints against each other from attorneys leading each side of the case. Garry P. McMurry, representing a Portland woman suing the Church of Scientology for fraud arising from her involvement ...
Apr 5, 1985
Judge rules out videotapes aimed at discrediting witness — The Oregonian (Portland)
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Author(s): Fred Leeson
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
An attempt to discredit a witness testifying against the Church of Scientology in a fraud trial hit a snag Thursday when a Portland judge called surreptitiously made videotapes an "amateurish performance" and refused to let them be shown to the jury. "I think they are devastating, devastating against the church," Multnomah Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer said out of the presence of the jury after viewing 108 minutes of tape recorded in a Los Angeles park last November. The tapes involved ...
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