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Dec 28, 1997 Church of Scientology Hits Critics Where They Live — Seattle Times
Dec 12, 1997 Ex-Scientologist wins $6 million after 17-year fight — Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California) More: link
Daily Journal (Los Angeles, California)
Type: Tort, intentional infliction of emotion distress,
Bench decision: Amendment of judgment - $6,025,857
($4,649,328 renewed judgment plus $1,376,529 accrued
Case/Number: Larry Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of
California / C332027.
Court/Date: L.A. Superior Central / Oct. 29, 1997.
Judge: John P. Shook.
Attorneys: Plaintiff - Craig J. Stein (Gartenberg, Jaffe,
Gelfand & Stein, LLP, L.A.); Daniel A. Leipold, Cathy Shipe,
Robert F. Donohue (Hagenbaugh & Murphy, Orange); Lita
Schlosser (Encino); Ford Greene (Hub Law Offices, San
Dec 12, 1997 Scientology in Germany — International Herald Tribune
William C. Walsh
International Herald Tribune
Regarding "Reassessing U.S.-German Friendship" (Special Report, Dec. 9) by John Dornberg:
Mr. Dornberg writes that claims of discrimination against Scientologists in Germany are "ludicrous."
As human rights counsel for the Church of Scientology of Germany, I must inform you that Mr. Dornberg's statement is flatly incorrect. I have personally documented hundreds of cases of Scientologists who have been seriously discriminated against in Germany. In some cases they have been forced to leave their country and seek asylum abroad.
Scientologists in Germany ...
Dec 9, 1997 Behind Facade of Harmony, Nations Are Far Apart on Some Basic Issues — International Herald Tribune
Dec 1, 1997 Distrust in Clearwater -- A special report.; Death of a Scientologist Heightens Suspicions in a Florida Town — New York Times More: link
New York Times
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Late on a November afternoon two years ago, a 36-year-old Scientologist named Lisa McPherson was involved in a minor traffic accident. She was not injured, but she inexplicably stripped off her clothes and began to walk naked down the street. A paramedic rushed her into an ambulance and asked why she had taken off her clothes. Ms. McPherson replied: "I wanted help. I wanted help." She was taken to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric examination, but several ...
Nov 20, 1997 Last night's TV / Take me to your lucre — The Guardian (UK)
Nov 20, 1997 Name-calling and cryptic crossword clues — The Times (UK)
Nov 14, 1997 On Scientology — International Herald Tribune
Nov 14, 1997 The learning cure // Can L. Ron Hubbard's "study technology" make kids smarter? — L.A. Weekly (California) More: link
L.A. Weekly (California)
When you sit down to read, do you find yourself feeling blank or sort of spinny? Squashed, bent or just not there? Sure you do. And here's why: You've gone past a word you don't understand. In fact, the only reason a person gives up studying or becomes confused or unable to learn is because that person went past a word that was misunderstood. At least that's what the followers of the late Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard want you to ...
Nov 9, 1997 Travolta begs Channel 4 not to attack Scientology — The Independent (UK) More:
link Nov 8, 1997 U.S. Immigration Court Grants Asylum to German Scientologist — New York Times
New York Times
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 7 — A Federal immigration court judge has granted asylum to a German member of the Church of Scientology who claimed that she would be subjected to religious persecution had she been required to return to her homeland, the woman's lawyer and a Scientology official said today. While few details of the case were available, it is believed to be the first time the United States has given asylum protection to a Scientologist. The Church of Scientology has ...
Oct 28, 1997 Scientologists' largest German protest march held in Berlin — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Los Angeles Times (California)
BERLIN — Speaking from a vast video screen, actor John Travolta told a mass rally of Scientologists here Monday that there is no excuse for government discrimination against religious bodies. Singing and chanting, adherents from Germany, the United States and across Europe joined the L.A.-based Church of Scientology's largest demonstration in Germany against what it said is official discrimination against religious minorities. "Scientology is our religion," Travolta said in the video message, taped in Los Angeles. "It has helped us a ...
Oct 15, 1997 Religion splits 'Back to Basics' [exact date unknown] — Orange County Register More: link
Orange County Register
EDUCATION: Organizer of a conference being held today is a Scientologist, and that worries' some in the school-reform group. ORANGE — Leaders of Orange County's "back to basics" education movement are split over attending a conference tonight because the chief organizer belongs to the Church of Scientology. Orange County Department of Education board member Ken Williams said he withdrew from the "Back to Basics Education Crusade" because of discomfort with its organizers, not because of disagreement over the crusade's goals. "I ...
Sep 28, 1997 Employee accuses real estate firm of turning on Scientology e-meter — New York Observer
New York Observer
Several months after she went to work at a Manhattan real estate firm, Karen Schwartz says her boss, developer Lawrence Feldman, ordered her to take an unusual series of night classes. Ms. Schwartz says he informed her they were simply "business courses." But when she arrived at the classroom, Ms. Schwartz couldn't have been more astonished.
According to a complaint Ms. Schwartz has filed with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she was subjected to something close to an indoctrination into ...
Sep 1, 1997 Scientology: The science fiction religion — Victorian Inter-Campus Edition (Australia)
Aug 14, 1997 Hush-Hush Money — Denver Westword News
Denver Westword News
After more than seventeen years of litigation, Lawrence Wollersheim knows that talk isn't cheap–not when you're talking to lawyers and your life's work happens to involve badmouthing the Church of Scientology. But the price of silence is even higher. Too high, in Wollersheim's estimation, which is why he says he walked away from an alleged settlement offer by the church that would have netted him and a few colleagues $12 million in exchange for abandoning their crusade against Scientology. Wollersheim is ...
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