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canada • church of scientology of toronto • death • e-meter • extortion • fair game • federal bureau of investigation (fbi) • france • fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentation • heber c. jentzsch • infiltration • internal revenue service (irs) • john travolta • lawsuit • legal • mary sue (whipp) hubbard • medical claims • membership • office of special affairs (osa) (formerly, guardian's office) • ontario provincial police (opp) • operation snow white • protest, picket • tax matter • threat of legal action, lawsuit • united kingdom (uk)
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Jun 8, 1984
Sect hearing likely to mushroom — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
TORONTO—An Ontario Supreme Court judge is expected to rule today in a hearing brought by the Church of Scientology centering on questions of religious equality and criminal wrongdoing. Judge John Osler said Thursday he will study lawyers' arguments and legal precedent in deciding whether to move forward in the hearing to quash an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) search warrant resulting in the seizure of 25,000 sect documents. At issue is whether the massive 158-page search warrant and its supporting documents ...
Jun 7, 1984
Scientology compared to Catholicism — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
TORONTO—A lawyer representing the Church Scientology likened the 34-year-old sect to the Roman Catholic Church during hearing Wednesday in Ontario Supreme Court. Arguing that the Ontario Provincial Police had no right to seize Scientology files during a raid on the sect's Toronto mission last year, Clayton Ruby told the court that Scientology should be given the same respect and protection afforded established religions. "Should a new church be (treated differently) because its doctrines are not as well-known?" Ruby asked Justice John ...
Jun 5, 1984
Sect's religious status just one part of trial — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
TORONTO—Is Scientology a religion? Since the inception of Scientology in 1950, the question of the sect's religious status has been argued in courts worldwide. And various courts' have offered different opinions. The Canadian Province of Ontario may rule on the religious status of Scientology during a hearing here that began Monday. But "religion" is only one of a myriad of questions before the Ontario Supreme Court. Monday's proceedings stemmed from a March 4, 1983, police raid involving 100 Ontario Provincial policemen ...
Jun 2, 1984
Sect will ask court to quash warrant — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
The Church of Scientology of Toronto will petition the Supreme Court of Ontario Monday asking that a search warrant executed last year be quashed, although the Ontario Provincial Police have already used it to raid the sect's headquarters and seize 14 million documents. Investigators armed with the warrant raided the sect's Toronto headquarters in March 1983 and seized 904 boxes of papers and documents believed to substantiate suspected sect fraud, conspiracy, breaking and entering and theft, according to the warrant and ...
May 4, 1984
Commission takes steps to extend ordinance aimed at Scientologists — Clearwater Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Tim Nickens
Source: Clearwater Times (Florida)
CLEARWATER — The City Commission moved Thursday night to extend the life of an emergency ordinance aimed at the Church of Scientology. It is the same ordinance that a federal court order is preventing the city from enforcing while the ordinance's constitutionality is being challenged by the church. The ordinance, which regulates the way nonprofit groups raise money, was passed March 15. Because of its emergency status, it is scheduled to expire in June, 90 days after it was passed. The ...
Apr 26, 1984
Five year ban for defendant — East Grinstead Observer
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Source: East Grinstead Observer
THE MAN accused of entering Scientology European headquarters in Denmark and removing valuable documents has been banned from visiting the country for five years and given a three month suspended prison sentence. Robin Scott, of Aberdeen, was also jailed for a month but was released following the court case because of the amount of time he had spent in custody. Scott, who pleaded guilty to entering the premises without authority and removing material regarded as highly confidential by the sect, told ...
Apr 26, 1984
Sect obtains High Court order — East Grinstead Courier (UK)
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Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
THE CHURCH of Scientology has obtained a High Court order against a fourth person for the return of documents which it says have been taken from its European headquarters in Denmark. But local independent Scientologists are hoping that the civil actions will be dropped as a result of the verdict of a Copenhagen court last Wednesday. The order, issued by the High Court, London, on Friday (April 13), is against Mr Steven Bisbey, a former member of the Church of Scientology, ...
Apr 19, 1984
£300 Reward for sect informants — East Grinstead Observer
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Source: East Grinstead Observer
TWO East Grinstead residents are to receive £300 each for their part in the unmasking of a theft of scriptures from Scientology European Headquarters in Denmark The two, who have not been named, are to share a reward offered by the East Grinstead-based sect some weeks ago when evidence of the thefts both locally and in Denmark first came to light The announcement follows the arrest of Mr Robin Scott, of Aberdeen, at Copenhagen in Denmark, where he is currently awaiting ...
Apr 5, 1984
Protest march at sect HQ — East Grinstead Observer
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Source: East Grinstead Observer
FORTY-FIVE members of a splinter group of Scientologists demonstrated outside the entrance of Saint Hill UK headquarters on Sunday, in protest at the cost of the sect's courses. The group demanded reforms within the workings of the church, including a refusal to interfere in the sexual, marital and family affairs of its members. This was a reference to the scientology practice of "disconnection" — cutting off communication with relatives if there is a disagreement over their beliefs. Mr Eric Ballard, a ...
Apr 5, 1984
£120,000 Reward Offered by Sect — East Grinstead Courier (UK)
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Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
A REWARD of £120,000 had been offered by the international body of the Church of Scientology for information leading to the recovery of what are said to be scriptures stolen from its European headquarters in Denmark. The sect is hoping to obtain information which will lead to the arrest of other people in Britain and abroad who were involved in the theft. The offer follows an international police operation and the issuing of High Court orders in London and Edinburgh to ...
Mar 31, 1984
Scientologists win court ban on revelation — The Scotsman (UK)
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Type: Press
Source: The Scotsman (UK)
The Church of Scientology in Denmark were granted a court order by a Scottish judge yesterday banning six former members of their church who formed a breakaway group from publishing or divulging to anyone copies of "secret scriptures" alleged to have been stolen from the church in Copenhagen. Lord Cameron, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, granted interim interdict to the church after hearing that two of the group, Mr Robin Scott and his wife, Adrienne, and others had set ...
Mar 21, 1984
Ex-members file complaints against sect — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Feb 9, 1984
Sect president denies wrongdoing in probe — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jeff Mangum
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Recent reports about the Church of Scientology hiring de-? pose as businessmen to elicit views about the sect from Clearwater civic leaders are "much ado about nothing," sect President Heber Jentzsch said Wednesday. "The issues all will come out in court," the 48-year-old Jentzsch told reporters during an "open house" at the sect-owned Fort Harrison Hotel in downtown Clearwater. Jentzsch would not discuss specifics, but hinted the Scientology inquiry was tied into concerns about real estate speculation downtown and its potential ...
Feb 4, 1984
FBI expands probe of alleged sect plot — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Jan 29, 1984
Lawyer sees smear campaign, slams sect — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Jan 24, 1984
Prior sect try at judge reported — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Jan 23, 1984
Officials 'not surprised' by investigation into sect — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Oct 28, 1983
Judges define a religion — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Garry Sturgess
Source: The Age (Australia)
The High Court yesterday gave a broad meaning to what in law constitutes a religion, with all five judges holding that a belief in God was not an essential criterion. The Full Victorian Supreme Court, upholding the decision of a single judge of that court, had earlier found that a belief in God was essential and that Scientology did not qualify as a religion. But this finding was yesterday unanimously overruled by the High Court. Acting Chief Justice Mason and Mr ...
Oct 28, 1983
Scientology a religion: judges — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Garry Sturgess
Source: The Age (Australia)
The High Court yesterday unanimously ruled that Scientology was a religion and declared that a belief in God was not an essential qualification for an organisation to be a religion. The decision, a rebuff to the Victorian Full Supreme Court, means that Scientologists are entitled to tax exemptions under the Victorian Payroll Tax Act. Although the case was fought over a relatively small amount of money, $897.80, the decision could have major implications for Federal and State revenue raising authorities if ...
Aug 1, 1983
Scientologists' 'hiring' practices draw criticism — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Tim Johnson
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
CLEARWATER — In Pinellas County — with its 7 percent unemployment rate the signs on the four Church of Scientology buildings draw attention. Two say simply, "Now Hiring." Others promise a job with "low pay — great future." One along busy U.S. 19 touts jobs for "kitchen personnel." Two others boast: "We are recruiting." What the signs don't say is that the Church of Scientology isn't looking for employees. It is trying to recruit members. The signs also don't say that ...
May 3, 1983
Legality of new religion fraud bill challenged — UPI
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Type: Press
Source: UPI
A new bill, designed to control fraud by religious organizations, was criticized Monday by an attorney for the Church of Scientology who said it still may be unconstitutional. Lee Boothby, the lawyer for the church, told the Senate Judiciary Committee some sections of SB343 may conflict with doctrines of the Catholic and Mormon churches, putting it in possible conflict with the First Amendment. SB343 is a replacement for an earlier bill which singled out religious cults which could be sued for ...
Apr 12, 1983
Scientology suit allowed to go to trial // 4 former members charge church made false claims to them — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Dan Morain
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
A federal judge opened the way Monday for four former Scientologists to sue the church for fraud over a variety of claims including promises that it could prevent colds, raise intelligence and solve obesity. Attorneys for the disillusioned Scientologists hailed the ruling, saying that it will open the way for other former church members to bring their complaints of fraud before juries. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall ruled that while Scientology is a religion, many of the claims it makes ...
Mar 11, 1983
Stall police, destroy evidence is Scientology plan, PCs say — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Kevin Cox
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Officials of the Church of Scientology have a system to destroy evidence and stall any police search at their headquarters in Toronto, says a statement by Attorney-General Roy McMurtry and Solicitor-General George Taylor. The actions of the 100 Ontario Provincial Police officers who raided the church's headquarters on Yonge Street on March 3 with sledge hammers and fire extinguishers were defended in the statement, which accuses church officials and lawyers of spreading misinformation about the raid. The allegations about a ...
Mar 7, 1983
Sect's missing founder leaves legal morass — Washington Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Jay Mathews
Source: Washington Post
Three years ago, somewhere near this dusty little town of watermelon fields and senior citizen trailer parks, a pudgy, prolific science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard climbed into a black van and reportedly disappeared from sight. Nobody in Hemet, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, or anywhere else might have cared about the fate of a 71-year-old eccentric with a lust for privacy, except that Hubbard was the founder of one of the word's wealthiest and most controversial new religions. ...
Mar 1, 1983
INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT
Jan 14, 1983
Britons: Hubbard has written album called 'Space Jazz' — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
Jan 8, 1983
Scientology founder's wife gets prison term — Washington Post
Jan 8, 1983
Scientology founder's wife ordered to prison — Los Angeles Times (California)
Jan 7, 1983
A 'new breed' reported taking over Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Lindsey
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Defections by older members and publicity given a legal battle over control of hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to be cutting into the membership of the Church of Scientology. The church, which has a headquarters in Clearwater, is described by its leaders as a religion and by its critics as a highly profitable business with cult-like overtones. The church claims a worldwide membership of 6-million, although former officials say the number of adherents is probably fewer than 700,000. According ...
Dec 31, 1982
Trial ordered to determine if L. Ron Hubbard is alive — Los Angeles Times (California)
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