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Jan 2, 1992
Scientologist suing province — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Nicolaas van Rijn
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A Church of Scientology minister is suing the provincial government for the right to conduct marriage ceremonies. Andrew Sharman, who was ordained a minister in the Church of Scientology in 1987, says the Ontario government's refusal to authorize him to solemnize marriages is a denial of his religious rights under provincial and federal law. "I don't understand it, my parishioners don't understand it and my church doesn't understand it," Sharman, 42, said yesterday. "I am an ordained minister and under the ...
Aug 8, 1991
Harassement shouldn't quiet media, say cult experts — Winnipeg Sun
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Winnipeg Sun
The Church of Scientology has a long and undistinguished history of harassing its detractors — but that shouldn't stop the media or anyone else from speaking out against it, cult experts say. The church commonly threatens lawsuits, tries to have detractors arrested, and harasses sources and individual reporters, said Cynthia Kisser of the Cult Awareness Network in Chicago. And recent Sun stories linking the church — alleged by experts to be a dangerous, mind-control cult — to Narconon, a drug rehabilitation ...
May 6, 1991
The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power — TIME Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Behar
Source: TIME Magazine
By all appearances, Noah Lottick of Kingston, Pa., had been a normal, happy 24-year-old who was looking for his place in the world. On the day last June when his parents drove to New York City to claim his body, they were nearly catatonic with grief. The young Russian-studies scholar had jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine. When the police arrived, his fingers were still clutching $171 in ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 23, 1991
Scientology church on trial in Canada — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): W. Richard Reynolds
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology goes on trial here this morning, charged with stealing thousands of documents from government offices and law firms. It is the first time that a church has been put on trial in Canada. The trial is expected to be long and drawn-out. Various motions on legal technicalities must be dealt with first, a process that could take months. The trial is the result of eight years of legal wrangling. It began in 1983, when 110 police officers ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 25, 1990
The Scientology Story: The Selling of a Church // Shoring Up Its Religious Profile — Los Angeles Times (California)
Type: Press
Author(s): Joel Sappell, Robert W. Welkos
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
The church has adopted the terminology and trappings of traditional theologies. But the IRS is not convinced. Since its founding some 35 years ago by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology has worked hard to shore up its religious profile for the public, the courts and the Internal Revenue Service. In the old days, for example, those who purchased Hubbard's Scientology courses were called "students." Today, they are "parishioners." The group's "franchises" have become "missions." And Hubbard's teachings, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Nov 30, 1988
Tomlin ticket sales a record — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
LOS ANGELES (Reuter) - A 22-year-old actor was listed in critical condition yesterday after shooting himself in the mouth while re- enacting a scene from a movie at a student workshop. Adam Hancock suffered the wound at a Beverly Hills theatre Monday as he recreated a scene from Lethal Weapon. In the scene a character played by Mel Gibson contemplates suicide and puts a gun in his mouth. Horrified fellow students looked on as Hancock pulled the trigger of a semi-automatic ...
Aug 1, 1988
'Coke' ended careers of student and boxer — Toronto Star (Canada)
Jul 26, 1988
Scientology church offers to aid poor if charges dropped — Globe and Mail (Canada)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Peter Moon
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
In what may be an unprecedented legal manoeuvre, the Church of Scientology of Toronto has offered to make substantial cash donations to community agencies working with the elderly and the poor if criminal charges against it are dropped. The offer was made yesterday in a letter written by the church’s lawyer, Clayton Ruby, and delivered to Ontario Attorney-General Ian Scott’s office. The church is charged with several counts of theft by church members of photocopies of confidential documents from Ontario Government ...
Dec 2, 1987
Bid to ban book said 'harassment' by Scientologists — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
L. Ron Hubbard was portrayed yesterday in court as a devious cult leader who believed he'd gone to heaven — twice — and was ruthless in his treatment of those perceived as enemies of the church he founded. Hubbard, who died last year, advised his followers to use the courts to "harass and discourage" critics, lawyers for Key Porter Books argued in Federal Court. They said a court bid to stop publication of a biography of Hubbard is a thinly disguised ...
Jun 26, 1987
Court upholds warrants used by OPP in raid on Scientology — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
The Church of Scientology has lost the final round in its fight to quash search warrants that allowed some 250,000 documents to be seized in a 1983 raid on their Toronto headquarters. The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday rejected the church's application to challenge an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that the warrants were legal under the Constitution. Yesterday's decision validated the lower court's finding that groups cannot escape criminal investigation simply by claiming organized religion status. But church president Earl ...
Jun 14, 1986
Scientology 'purification' rite used by anti-addiction centres — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Lindsay Scotton
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
A controversial "purification" regime used by the Church of Scientology to advance members' spiritual enlightenment is also being used by Narconon, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, and is being offered at a Toronto health clinic. The "Purification Rundown" used by Narconon and the Lafayette Health Centre uses large vitamin dosages, exercise and long hours in the sauna to "cleanse" the body of accumulated impurities, according to Narconon officials and the health centre's director. Costs of the treatment offered ...
Apr 29, 1986
Lower court can ban publication of Scientology hearing, judge rules — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Rick Haliechuk
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
An Ontario Supreme Court judge says a lower court can ban publication of the hearing of a Scientologist who is pleading guilty of possessing a stolen document. Mr. Justice David Watt yesterday sent the case of Kathleen Lepp back to Provincial Court, but to a different judge than the one who ruled in January he lacked authority to issue the ban. Lepp, other current and former members of the church and the church itself are facing a variety of criminal charges. ...
Jan 5, 1986
Lawyer seeks publication ban in Church of Scientology case — Toronto Star (Canada)
Type: Press
Source: Toronto Star (Canada)
The Church of Scientology and some of its members who were charged after a raid on its headquarters are asking for a publication ban on a guilty plea by one of the co-accused. Kathleen Lepp, 37, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, charged with possession of stolen property, appeared in Provincial Court at old city hall Friday. Defence counsel Clay Ruby, on behalf of the church and other lawyers representing some of the co-accused, asked Judge Robert Dnieper to impose a ban on the proceedings ...
Dec 14, 1985
OPP Scientology raid finally nets guilty plea — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Murray Campbell
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Nearly three years after the largest police raid in Ontario history, the provincial Government has finally won a guilty plea from a member of the Church of Scientology of Toronto. Nanna Anderson, 39, a former church member, pleaded guilty in Provincial Court yesterday to possession of stolen goods, photocopies of material from the files of the Ontario Medical Association. Judge Lorenzo DiCecco granted Miss Anderson an absolute discharge, which means she will not have a criminal record. The charge carries a ...
Nov 9, 1985
Wedding party of Scientologists winds up in Queen's Park office — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Type: Press
Author(s): Susan Delacourt
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Earl Smith, president of the Toronto Church of Scientology, was married yesterday in a ceremony that is not considered legal in Ontario, and he used the occasion to push for having his church licenced to conduct marriages. Immediately after their wedding, Mr. Smith and his bride, Elena Kristiansen, 27, headed for the offices of the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations to plead that the Scientology ceremony be considered legal. But the ministry is waiting for the outcome of a Supreme ...
May 22, 1985
Alberta education department will support Scientology school — Toronto Star (Canada)
Apr 13, 1985
Two tapes not played at cult trial — The Oregonian (Portland)
More: link
Type: Press
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 ...
Jan 1, 1985
Scientology — CBC
Dec 28, 1984
Scientology probe took over 2 years — Globe and Mail (Canada)
Dec 20, 1984
Canadian authorities charge Scientologists — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Dec 2, 1984
Sect will ask court to quash warrant — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
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 ...
Nov 21, 1984
Judgement reserved in Scientology case — Toronto Star (Canada)
Nov 21, 1984
Scientology lawyers say Ontario official wouldn't see them — Toronto Star (Canada)
Jul 11, 1984
Scientology chief got millions, ex-aides say — New York Times
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Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Lindsey
Source: New York Times
Former officials of the Church of Scientology say they helped L. Ron Hubbard, the reclusive founder of the cult-like organization, to secretly divert more than $100 million from the church into foreign bank accounts he controlled. The organization, long a subject of investigations in this country, Britain, France, Australia, South Africa, Spain and elsewhere, has maintained that Mr. Hubbard cut his ties to it in the mid-1970's, that he has received only a token consulting fee of $35,000 annually since then ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 24, 1984
Scientology E-meter said to offer catharsis — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
It's called the Hubbard Electrometer and is used as a spiritual guide during "auditing," a Church of Scientology practice somewhat similar to Catholic confession. The E-meter, as it is known, is said to be capable of measuring a person's "mental state and change of state" and can pinpoint deeply rooted, previously undetected problems in the brain. The small, simple electronic device, patented by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, may be the most visible of the "religious artifacts" associated with the Clearwater-based ...
Jun 23, 1984
No law protects priest/parishioner priviledge–court — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
The Supreme Court of Ontario ruled Friday that there is no legal recognition of priest/parishioner privilege. During a hearing before the court brought by the Church of Scientology of Toronto, Justice John Osler ruled that communications between a parishioner and a recognized religions leader are not protected from disclosure in the manner of lawyer/client communications. The Scientologists asked for the ruling as part of their motion to quash an Ontario Provincial Police search warrant executed last year on the sect. During ...
Jun 16, 1984
Court told sect raid should have been restricted — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
TORONTO—A 158-page search warrant Ontario Provincial Police used to raid the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Toronto last year should have been restricted to prevent a massive search and seizure of church records and artifacts, a lawyer for the Clearwater-based church says. Marlys Edwardh, a lawyer representing the Church of Scientology of Toronto, told Ontario Supreme Court Justice John Osler that a higher standard must be applied by police when they search a church, even if the church is ...
Jun 9, 1984
Sect trial ordered to continue — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): George-Wayne Shelor
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
TORONTO—The church of Scientology of Toronto was commanded Friday to move ahead with its case in Ontario Supreme Court proceedings unprecedented in Canadian history. The sect's reason for being in court—a civil motion questioning the legality of a police search warrant—has been usurped by arguments about religion and parishioner/priest confidentiality. Originally, the sect requested the hearing before Justice John Osler asking that he quash the March 4, 1983, Ontario Provincial Police warrant because, the sect said, the document was based on ...
Jun 7, 1984
Scientology compared to Catholicism — Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link
Type: Press
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)
More: link
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 ...
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