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Persecution of free speech activists
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An index of some of the court files on this web site
Always under construction...
LMT Legal Archive
Scientology Court Files - 100's of case documents; nicely organized
of Scientology Litigation - One of the best collections of legal
Canadian Court Cases
Including 1997 appellate ruling upholding Scientology's criminal conviction for Breach of Public Trust
Karin Spank's Scientology
litigation defense kit A great place to start if you are being sued by
Ron Newman's "The Church of Scientology vs. The Net" pages
- the name says it all. Lots of documents from BEFORE 1997.
Chris Owens' Official Papers on
Scientology A collection of official reports and court judgments
relating to Scientology in English speaking countries around the world
Electronic Frontier Foundation's
legal archives - more files on Scientology vs online free speech,
publication and copyright, etc.
Gerry Armstrong's legal archive
Petersburg Times article: Just to present both sides of the legal
issue... Scientology lawyers explain that that they like to make peace [not lawsuits].
Yes Virginia! You Can learn to love Helena!
On January 11 1995, Scientology's attorney Helena Kobrin tried to
illegally cancel the newsgroup, alt.religion.scientology.
The media frenzy that ensued may very well have been worth more toward the cause of
exposing the cult than everyone's combined efforts prior: Literally thousands of people
who'd never heard of Scientology learned about her stunt and were outraged at this cult
lawyer's blatant disregard for free speech.
People were suddenly aware at the lengths this cult would go to silence its critics -
people like humanitarian Bob Minton who came to the rescue of so many of us while
Scientology was attempting to litigate us to death - and who then went on to found the
Lisa McPherson Trust.
As a tribute to Helena's excellent maneuvering on our behalf, lermanet.com recommends you
read The Helena Kobrin LOVE page.
We've repeatedly heard about how Scientology silences its members when they decide to
leave. Kathryn's story is just one of them.
"The other thing to sign was a waiver, she said it was standard. She said that it
is signed my many people every day now. It. s a real common act. Everyone leaving staff
signs one. OSA Int. keeps them in boxes in a closet in the legal office. They hope the
leaving staff never turn into enemies and that these waivers never have to be used, but
just in case they get them signed before letting anyone leave the Sea Organization.
She agreed to change some wording. She was going to make clean copies and we arranged
to meet to sign them. I was about to leave when she turned to me and said "Oh, one
more thing, I would like you to sign these on video. That way, if Arnie Lerma ever finds
out about this, "we could prove that they weren't signed under duress."
The irony of sitting in a car, in a parking lot, with tears streaming down my face,
unable to make it into even a restaurant due to the stress I was feeling, was
unbelievable. I told her I would not be in her video."
"The litigants and their lawyers are supposed to want justice, but in reality , there is no justice, either in or out of court. In fact, the word can not be defined..in the last analysis, most jury trials are contests between the rich and the poor. Criminal cases, however, practically always have the poor on trial" Clarence Seward Darrow
Members are leaving and telling their stories:
Scientology is Shrinking
The Legal Pages
Above - Tactics used by Scientology against those who speak out described by Ex-member Frank Oliver
on Lermanet.com's Persecution pages LINK
January 2009 Ex-member Claire Headley sues scientology for human trafficking LINK
April 19,2007 - Paris - French case against Scientology (described in video below) reopened for "fraud and extortion in organized gang,illegal practice of medicine and pharmacy" - reopened! - Le Express (English translation
VIDEO LINK - French TV show dubbed by Australian TV into English, documents efforts in France by Scientology and tells the story of the dissapearing court records that derailed the last effort to convict scientology of fraud, as they had been convicted previously in 1978
Above - Read this newspaper account of Scientology's legal attack upon a Church
There are considerable opportunities available
at this time for litigation... and extraordinary opportunities for
"discovery" (the phase of litigation where litigants can ask each other
questions... under penalty of perjury..
In 1995, RTC vs Lerma
we got an ADMISSION that Scientology was behind certain anonymous
identities that were posting nasty things about yours truly...see http://www.lermanet.com/osa/osawhoiswho.htm at the bottom...
What is needed is an individual with deep pockets, such as Bob Minton had BEFORE he got into the scientology war.
I watched Attorney David Bardine, the lawyer that originally set
up FACTNet's non profit corporattion, at a cult conference in NYC,
(this was the one that Dave Tourtzky flew me home from, and at 18,000
feet...and at 1 am in the dark over pennsylvania somewhere..we found
that the tanks had not been topped off..desipte having the signed
receipt from Signature 'this has never happenned before' flight
services) say that the abuse
of individuals by cults would continue until such time as there was a
fund available to secure justice before courts at law.
Right now, Citizens Against Corruption has $800....
That is what it might take to fix a speeding ticket... nothing more.
Anyone want to anonymously or otherwise put up a couple of hundred thousand dollars for litigation?
IN the past, when I have posted fundraising mentions, I have
invariably had thought stopping phrases inserted into the threads by
It takes money to litigate.
Anyone who thinks that it can be done WELL, pro-se, should look at what happenned to Kieth Henson...
Anyone who thinks that if there were a decent case, lawyers would do it on
contingency... needs to read up on what its like dealing with
scientology, who litigates NOT to win, but to bankrupt the
litigants..Mention scientology and most lawyers hide under their desks.
Michael Pattinson's fraud lawsuit though perhaps somewhat flawed..
was defeated because Graham Berry was run out of money to even do
depositions...and order transcripts!
Justice costs money in the US at this time.
I'm quite willing to act as intermediary, and connect those
willing to fund litigation with those willing to pursue ( and endure )
it... and provide reciprocal anonymity.. so that the donors will not
get attacked directly.
Scientology is SO WORRIED about this, that in every settlement,
including for instance, Brian Haney's settlement of a lawsuit with Zwan
at Digital Lightwave, specific wording was included, that forced Brian
Haney to agree to NOT provide funding to ARNALDO LERMA ( named
specifically ) and a number of other "Activists". This pattern has repeated itself in proposed settlements of litigation by scientology.
If you want scientology to vanish, perhaps you should do what scientology doesn't want you to do...
Arnie Lerma with Steve Hassan after a deprogramming ( thats why I look tired )
6045 N 26th Road
Arlington VA 22207
LINK to SECURE Contribute Button on Lermanet.com
(we take mastercard and visa )
Court is now convinced that the primary motivation of RTC [$cientology]
in suing Lerma, DGS and The Post is to stifle criticism of Scientology
in general and to harass its
Scientology has been described as the most litigious "church" in recorded
history. The Legal Pages are intended as an overview, a sampler if you will, of
Scientology's litigation history and tactics rather than a formal archives. Please note
that links are provided on the left for researchers and persons embroiled in litigation
with the cult searching for more specific litigation information.
November 9, 2004 -Suppressed Sklar vs IRS Case Documents
Sklar Case Motions:
Note 1: Apologies for any typos; this was rushed.
Note 2: This document has been SUPPRESSED from
the public, by the US Tax Court Judge John O. Colvin,
who has refused public access to the Docket #395-01
file, for the duration of the Sklar v. IRS hearings,
until he issues his written decision. It is reproduced
here, as a public service, to coincide with anticipated
public interest, from news coverage of this historic trial!
Note 3: To protest this described unconstitutional conduct
by the IRS (while it still relevant to current hearings),
contact Mr. Jack's boss: Donald D. Korb, Chief Counsel, IRS
Note 4: To put appropriate pressure upon the IRS Counsel,
it is suggested that readers contact ASAP by fax, offices of those
Congressional Committee members (with budgetary oversight
powers over the IRS), requesting IRS Counsel's release of
IRS's 1993 Church of Scientology "Secret Agreement" Documents
to the Court, with the goal of a more open and fair hearing.
Petitioner's Motion for Reconsideration of Three Orders:
LINK HERE: (filed November 4, 2004 in US Tax Court, Docket #395-01)
December 2002: The Following Scientologists have been sued by the Bankruptcy Trustee (case #01-11549 et all) to recover illegal profits from fellow Scientologist "minister" and Earthlink Co-founder Reed Slatkin's ponzi scam:
Doug Dohring, Laura Dohring
Joseph Andruscavage, Tammy Terrenzi Strickling
Jack Dirman, Irene (Howey) Dirman - was once CO of ASHO
Sandra Codding, Laura Sherman
All these people who got sued by the Trustee made a profit from their
investment into Slatkin's criminal enterprise. In the case of the
Dohrings their profit was in the amount of $ 193,000.
So, rather than giving back their proceeds to the Estate in order to
pay off Slatkin's victims (f. e. the severly handicapped man who had
lost all his savings), these "ethical and upstat Scientologists", who,
by the code of the IAS, "do not belong to or work for any organization
or group that is dedicated to the harming of mankind", try to hold on
to their proceeds, which had been gained through fraud.
There exists a law that was mentioned once in the newspaper articles
about Slatkin that makes it mandatory for investors to give back
proceeds from a Ponzi scheme. Otherwise they can be sued, as in this
case by the Trustee, to be forced legally to get rid of criminally
Scientologist Minister Reed Slatkin was the first to agree to cooperate with prosecutors, then in November 2002 his scientologist buddy Daniel Jacobs did the same....
November, 2002 News Media Article with links to more articles HERE
Lisa McPherson Case
On April 8th, 2003 Judge Schaeffer recused herself from the counterclaim and
referred the matter of whether she should remain on the wrongful death
claim to the Chief Judge. Granting Robert Minton's motion to do same. On
Wednesday the Chief Judge reassigned both cases to Judge Robert Beach.
Judge Beach was the discovery judge, and is intimately familiar with what
Lisa McPherson case to go to trial - Judge Shaeffer's latest ruling
Lisa McPherson Case wins Summary Judgement Motion
2 Oct 2002 - Judge Shaeffer - Clearwater, Florida
All three of Plaintiff’s forensic pathologists opine that the manner of Lisa Mcpherson’s death was a homicide, and not an accident. There are four types of homicide in Florida:
(1) murder in the first degree, a death, coupled
with preditation, or as a consequence of and during the course of committing certain felonies, such as rape, kidnapping, armed robbery and the like,
(2) murder in the second degree, a death by an act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life,
(3) murder in the third degree, a death occurring as a consequence of and during commission of a felony not included in those constituting first degree murder, such as grand theft, or in 1995, abuse or neglect of a disabled adult, and
(4) manslaughter, a death caused by an act, a procurement, or culpable negligence. Since Lisa McPherson’s death, the manslaughter statute has been amended to specifically include death caused by abuse or neglect of a disabled adult. And as previously stated, the first degree murder statute has been amended to include this felony as one which underlies a first degree murder charge.
RTC vs Lerma, The Washington Post, Rich Leiby, Marc Fisher, Digital Gateway -
Pictures from video, during the raid of the Scientologists conducting the search of my home.
Postings to the newsgroup about the raid
August 30th 1995, Memorandum Opinion - Judge Leonie Brinkema
28 Nov 1995 Memorandum Opinion [ Full Text ] - Judge Leonie Brinkema
"On the first issue, the Court finds that the motivation of plaintiff in filing this lawsuit against the Post is reprehensible. Although the RTC brought the complaint under traditional secular concepts of copyright and trade secret law, it has become clear that a much broader motivation prevailed--the stifling of crticism and dissent of the religious practices of Scientology and the destruction of its opponents. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, has been quoted as looking upon law as a tool to
[h]arass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harrass and enough harrassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly. (Declaraction of Mary Ann Werner, Attachment A, at C5; see also The Post's reply brief at p. 24, note 23).
29 November 1995 - Memorandum Opinion [ Full Text ]- Judge Leonie Brinkema
"the Court is now convinced that the primary motivation of RTC in suing Lerma, DGS and The Post is to stifle criticism of Scientology in general and to harass its critics. "
5 January 1996 Motion filed for Summary Judgement - (long) documents abusive nature of Scientology's conduct of the case and the raid.
4 October 1996 - Memorandum Opinion [ Full Text ]- Judge Leonie Brinkema
"The dispute in this case surrounds Lerma's acquisition and publication on the Internet of texts that the Church of Scientology considers sacred and protects heavily from unauthorized disclosure. Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology religion attempts to explain the origin of negative spiritual forces in the world and advances techniques for improving one's own spiritual well-being. Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts "
"The Court earlier dismissed the trade secrets count as to all defendants and the copyright infringement count as to the Washington Post and its reporters. RTC voluntarily dismissed its claims against Digital Gateway systems, Therefore, the only issue remaining in the case is RTC's: .. (3)
copyright infringement claim against defendant Lerma"
Last Hearing in RTC vs Lerma - notes by Rod Keller
Scientology's claim for attorney fee's DENIED [Press Release issued by David Masselli ]
Grand Jury Criminal Indictment [this case began as "U.S. vs. Mary Sue Hubbard"]
- this is the original grand jury indictment
Re. Breaking into US Government offices - including IRS chief counsel, Assistant. U.S.
Attorney general, etc.
Scientology tells their staff they were "convicted of stealing 'copier paper'! ...
The end result of this was jail time for a number of Scientologists and a Federal order to
disband Scietology's notorius "Guardians Office" - included in this group was
Mary Sue Hubbard, hubbard's wife.
In my [Lerma's] opinion, Scientology is in contempt of this order as the same behavior and
activities have continued, in the same organizational department, of the same
organization, by new people and some of the same old ones. Many of the old Guardians
Office staff are now working in what appear to be "front corporations" run by
of Evidence [LONG] mentions, among other things, Kendrick Moxon as an unindicted
co-conspirator, this settled the criminal case. [Text format]
in United States vs. Mary Sue Hubbard
in Canada [PDF Format] 3A summary of Scientology's history in Canada resulting
in conviction for Breach of the Public Trust
July 30, 1971
United States of of America, Libelant, vs. An Article or Device33 F. Supp. 357; 1971 U.S.
Dist. LEXIS 12206
"Hubbard and his fellow Scientologists developed the notion of using an E-meter to
aid auditing. Substantial fees were charged for the meter and for auditing sessions using
the meter. They repeatedly and explicitly represented that such auditing effectuated cures
of many physical and mental illnesses. An individual processed with the aid of the E-meter
was said to reach the intended goal of "clear" and was led to believe there was
reliable scientific proof that once cleared many, indeed most illnesses would
automatically be cured. Auditing was guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is
false -- in short, a fraud. Contrary to representations made, there is absolutely no
scientific or medical basis in fact for the claimed cures attributed [**4] to E-meter
Unfortunately the Government did not move to stop the practice of Scientology and a
related "science" known as Dianetics when these activities first appeared and
were gaining public acceptance. Had it done so, this tedious litigation would not have
been necessary. The Government did not sue to condemn the E-meter until the early 1960's,
by which time a religious cult known as the Founding Church of Scientology had appeared.
This religion, formally organized in 1955, existed side-by-side with the secular practice
of Scientology. Its adherents embrace many of Hubbard's teachings and widely disseminate
his writings. The Church purports to believe that many illnesses may be cured through
E-meter auditing by its trained ministers through an appeal to the spirit or soul of a
man. As a matter of formal doctrine, the Church professes to have [*360] abandoned any
contention that there is a scientific basis for claiming cures resulting from E-meter use.
The Church, however, continued widely to circulate Scientology literature such as
Government's exhibits 16 and 31, which hold out false scientific and medical promises of
certain cure for many types of illnesses. [**5] n1 "
State of Maryland Cult Task Force by Scientology's Moxon [case was dismissed]
of Scientology of Calif vs. the Commissioner
Commission Hearings under penalty of perjury, transcripts of hearings,
600 pages of first hand testimony.
L Ron Hubbard's son denounces his father as a fraud
4 And Scien-
5 tology is L. Ron Hubbard.
6 And there's many, many times, hundreds of times,
7 he would get into terrible rages about "This is mine;
8 this is mine. I run it, I own it, and I created it.
9 And nobody is going to make any money out of it except
10 me." And that is a synthesis of a theme which was
11 pushed at me hundreds of times
1985 Affidavit of
Ron de Wolf, Hubbard's son [approximate date]
I, Ronald DeWolf, formerly L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., hereby do and state as follows under
the penalties of perjury: 1) I have personal knowledge of the facts set forth in this
affidavit. 2) I am the oldest son of L. Ron Hubbard, having been born on May 7, 1934
in Encinatas, California.
"I personally know, relied specifically on my father's represented qualifications
and credentials. The stated representations are all false. He never obtained degrees from
those universities, or ever served in combat. He was relieved of duty three times as being
unfit, and ended up in a psychiatric hospital at the end of the war. He is a fraud and has
always been a fraud.
5) My father's fraudulent conduct is exemplified in the structure of his corporations
including the Church of Scientology of California. In connection with each and every
corporation which we created under general heading of 'the Church of Scientology', my
father always required all of the Directors and Officers of all corporations to give him
undated signed resignations in advance which he held. "
13 July 1988
Declaration of Joseph Yanny [Yanny was previously one of Scientology's attorneys]
"16. As to Mr. Warren McShane, I state that he has informed me that he was a high
ranking operative in the 'G.O.', during the days which saw the events which resulted in
the _United States v. Hubbard_ convictions.
His tendencies toward criminal behavior and disregard for the law were the subject of many
complaints by me to Mrs. Vicki Aznaran prior to her incarceration in the dessert by the
Cult. It was this tendency to criminality that resulted in his removal from his post and
apparently gave rise to his current grudge match against me.
I was informed by Mr. McShane the he was running 'plants' in the inner circle of one David
Mayo and that he was 'culling' confidential confessional folders of cult members (known as
'P.C. folders) to gain information that would be used against them as blackmail or for
impeachment purpose. I personally observed this culling and objected to it.
17. As to Mr Moxon, I state that: Prior to his completing law school, he was one of
numerous unindicted co-conspirators in the case of _United States v. Hubbard_.
18. Mr Cooley (who in his last two outings for the church lost a $39 million dollar
verdict in Oregon and another $30 million verdict in L.A.) has personally ordered the
destruction of evidence relating to Cult litigation in my presence. These orders were
given to Warren McShane and Mark "Marty" Rathburn
19. I was hired by Mrs. Aznaran in 1984 to represent the Cult in trade secret, copyright
and trade mark litigation matters.
20. I am informed and therefore believe, that sometime in early 1987, Mrs. Aznaran was
abducted and taken to a "Johnestown-like" camp known as 'Happy Valley'. As far
as I know, she just disappeared. It was not until many months later that Vicki, a personal
friend, found the courage to initiate contact with me."
Declaration of Andre
Tabayoyan March 1994
"41. I also observed a number of individuals go crazy when exposed to the Hubbard
Tech even absent malicious intent on the part of the persons applying the Tech. For
example, I saw John Colletto go psychotic after he was exposed to the OT III level
(Operating thetan level III) materials. He got a pistol. In my presence, he shot his wife
in the head. She died instantly. Then John ran a short distance before turning the pistol
on himself and committing suicide. Moreover, John Travolta's auditor told me of two
occasions on which John Travolta went into deep depression after auditing and therefore
suffered a psychotic break."
16. A friend of mine, Betty Hardin, who works in the treasury division of Golden Era
Productions, told me that she used to transport the pregnant women at the base to
Riverside, California for their abortions. For about a year, she transported women almost
weekly to the Planned Parenthood Center, in Riverside, so that they could have their
abortions and follow up check ups that were needed. She said it just became routine.
Pregnant Sea Org members were sent to the Planned Parenthood Center to get their
abortions. When they returned to the base they went to Ethics.
Affidavit of Scott
Mayer April 4, 1994
"17. When I was on the Apollo, I witnessed them making a new Board of Directors
for Operation Transport Corporation out of a couple of galley hands and some musicians.
Mary Sue Hubbard picked them out and they signed the corporate papers where and when she
OPPOSITION TO DEMURRERS - 21st day of July,1999
Duress, as already pointed out in another connection, is a species of fraud. It also
should be held that duress is fraud for purposes of tolling the statute of limitations . .
. The two types of wrongdoing, duress and fraud, are often factually closely
interconnected and indistinguishable. . . . [I]t must be held that subdivision 4 of
section 338 is applicable where the gravamen of plaintiff's action is duress. Leeper
at 207-8, 21, 21 (citations omitted).
Pattinson 1st Amended Complaint
146. Defendants have represented that they cancelled Fair Game but they did not tell
Plaintiff that Scientology's Fair Game Policy has been recognized and discussed in a
number of cases including: Church of Scientology v. Armstrong, 232 Cal.App.3d
1060, 1067 (1991); Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology, 212 Cal.App.3d 872,
888-89 (1989); Allard v. Church of Scientology, 58 Cal.App.3d 439, 443 n.1
(1976); United States v. Kattar, 840 F.2d 118, 125 (1st Cir. 1988); Van
Schaick v. Church of Scientology, 535 F.Supp. 1125, 1131 n.4 (U.S.D.C. Mass.
1982); Christofferson v. Church of Scientology, 57 Ore.App.203 (1982).
147. The Defendants Fair Game policies and practices are intended to "utterly
destroy", professionally, financially and personally, any person who actively seeks
to suppress or damage Scientology or a Scientologist by "Suppressive Acts" which
are defined as "actions or omissions undertaken knowingly to suppress, reduce or
impede Scientology or Scientologists." The handling of Suppressives is set forth in
Scientology Ethics Issues which consist, to a large degree, in the protection of
Scientology from external threats. "The Purpose of Ethics is TO REMOVE
COUNTER-INTENTIONS FROM ENVIRONMENT" (HCOPL 18. 6. 68 Ethics; caps in original).
of Robert J. Cipriano August 1999 - [re. Graham Berry]
"3. As of July 12th 1999, a certain set of circumstances and events have
transpired that have caused me to write this Declaration. The events surround the
introduction of Church Of Scientology private investigators, attorneys, officials and
followers into my life since May 4th 1994. The circumstances and events surround
"threats", "bribery", "intimidation", "
"duress", "dead agenting", "fair game", "black
propaganda", "slander", and "witness tampering".
Cipriano proof of Service
5 January 1996
- Motion for Summary Judgement for Abuse of copyrights
RELIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY CENTER, Plaintiff,
v. Civil Action No. 95-1107-A ARNALDO PAGLIARINI LERMA, et al.,
"We do not expect courts will forget that [litigants who invoke the judicial
process] must operate within the limits of the First Amendment as well as the [Fourth], Branzburg,
408 U.S. at 707-08, and a "District Court must ensure that the values [so]
protected . . . are weighed carefully in striking a proper balance" between a
plaintiff's right to relief and the judicial system's need to prevent abuse, Herbert v.
Lando, 441 U.S. at 180 (Powell, J., concurring). Mr. Lerma requests nothing more than
that the judicial process be reserved for those who bring and prosecute their claims in
Sherman D. Lenske in
RTC Vs Lerma
I represented Mr. L. Ron Hubbard in all aspects of his estate planning from the time he
engaged me as his attorney in approximately April 1981 until his death on January 24,
1986, and also represented the Executor of his Estate through the probate of his Will,
which was concluded in January 1989. All of the documents effectuating the estate plan
were drafted either by me or under my supervision, at the direction of Mr. Hubbard"
Memorandum of Criminal
Activity Federal Chief Judge Kovachavich
March 1996 -
Motion for reconsideration (denied) RTC Vs Lerma
Your Honor, Imagine what that that Video Deposition might have looked like, if the man
being interrogated, without counsel, by Earl Cooley, had been up for three days after
being drugged by a massive dose of LSD - that is, if I was able to show up, at all....
I contend that this was their plan, and it makes sense of their reckless disregard of the
terms and limits of the Writ of Seizure. They expected me to be incoherent, have no
counsel, and be a raving madman on video....
The most compelling evidence I have to prove this scenario, is the recklessness of the
RTC's application of the 'intent' of the seizure the court authorized. This was how they
expected to get away with such outrageous behavior, in a case whose facts are beyond
fantastic, and I contend that the RTC relied upon the unbelievable and fantastic nature of
my allegations, that these facts would not be disclosed and if so would not be believed.
Further, after showing a previous rendition of this document to Amy Jones Baskaran of
Arlington Virginia, an Attorney, who was running a video camera on my behalf during the
raid of my home by this cult, after reading the statement above said, "I was
wondering why a couple of them spent so much time in your bathroom"
Request DENIED in RTC vs. LERMA
Memorandum Order and
Opinion 22 Nov 1996 RTC Vs FACTnet
of the RTC v Lerma Case
"The dispute in this case surrounds Lerma's acquisition and publication on the
Internet of texts that the Church of Scientology considers sacred and protects heavily
from unauthorized disclosure. Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology religion attempts
to explain the origin of negative spiritual forces in the world and advances techniques
for improving one's own spiritual well-being. Scientologists believe that most human
problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by
their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by
"clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and
negatively influencing the lives of their hosts" [Judge Leonie Brinkema 4 Oct 96
January 26th 1997
Declaration of Gerry Armstrong
[Lerma, contacted at his home in Arlington, Virginia, was pleased with the result]
"Scientology sought to crush me and prevent me from raising my voice by waging war
through litigation. This ruling completes a major victory for supporters of freedome of
speech. The Court has declared that facts about the inner workings of Scientology are not
trade secrets, it supported my right to expose the Church to the Washington Post and,
today, it denied the Church's attempt to crush me financially. I will continue my
opposition to the Church." Asked about the injunction, Lerma stated, "I never
knowingly put copyrighted material on the Intemet. I think the Court recognized that I
only uploaded the Fishman Affidavit because I thought it was a public document. I can
certainly continue my opposition to Scientology without violating copyright law and I
intend to do so."
11. I believe the order and judgment are illegal on their faces, and obtained by
Scientology through illegal tactics. The "contract" which the "order"
enforces was obtained by Scientology through threat, fraud, related criminal activities,
and the vitiation of my lawyers. I have appealed the judgment, and believe that I will
prevail and be free from Scientology's very damaging, illegal and evil efforts to keep me
suppressed and defenseless. In the meantime, I am by this declaration making known some of
Scientology's abuses, one of which is this order itself, and I am working for their
cessation, for safety, peace and sanity on whatever channels remain to me. I know that
certain of Scientology's leaders and agents are vindictive, desperate and dangerous, and
have targeted me as a major "enemy." I believe I am in considerable physical
danger at this time. What Scientology's leaders have done and ordered done to suppress and
destroy me in the past 15 years is unbelievable, and these people evidence a continuing
determination to keep that history of suppression and destruction from ever being believed
or even known.
August 25, 1997
Appellate Brief of Gerry Armstrong
Could a court enforce a contract requiring that a person not discuss the Republicans?
The Democrats? The Communists? Politics? Would any court entertain a lawsuit to collect on
a $50,000 liquidated damages provision in such a contract? If free speech rights can be
waived by contract, could a court enforce a contract someone signed, perhaps because his
attorney told him it was not worth the paper it was printed on, in which he agreed to not
speak at all, about anything?
No. There must be a limit to what speech can be contracted away. Here, GA [ Gerry Amstrong
] has been sued 5 times, driven into bankruptcy driven from his job, black PRed and
pilloried. The purpose of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech is to provide a
defense for all citizens from such things, and indeed to prevent them from happening.
It is perhaps acceptable that Scientology pays people, or even contracts with them for
their silence. It is, however, completely unacceptable and impermissible for our Courts to
enforce such contracts. When Courts cease such enforcement, Scn will perhaps cease its
determination to silence people and its determination to rewrite history. The people will
then get what they are owed in order to make informed choices which is their due: the free
flow of truthful information.
Glenn Barton Vs Graham Berry
"PLAINTIFF. S COUNSEL CONTINUES TO MISLEAD THIS COURT On or about June 8, 2001,
Plaintiff filed an unsuccessful motion for summary judgment herein. Among other things,
Defendant filed a Rebuttal Declaration on July 9, 2001 and a Post- Oral Argument
Evidentiary Submission on July 11, 2001. Both documents contained evidence major material
misrepresentations herein by Plaintiff. s counsel. "
1999 Declaration Cheryl Nelson [re. Graham Berry ]
11. Mr. Berry escorted me to my car every night because of his fear that Scientology
operatives might try to scare me, or worse. He commented that his last secretary (Maria,
who had been with him for over 10 years) had been harassed by Scientology operatives and,
upon the abrupt dissolution of Mr. Berry's law firm, decided to leave because she was
tired of the Scientology harassment, even to the point of Scientology operatives showing
up at her home.
12. I parked my car in a different spot every night and drove home different ways because
I feared Scientology operatives would detect a pattern and seize upon it. I am very well
aware of the tactics employed by scientologists against their perceived enemies.
13. One night I went to my car unescorted. I encountered someone who stared at me and
told me to get lost. It may have been a psychotic street person, but they are hard to
distinguish from some scientologists.
History of Criminality
From the IRS's Final Adverse Ruling of July 8, 1988 to Church of Spiritual Technology,
(COST), pages 8-10:
"The past history of Scientology's operations suggests that the purpose of these
organizations may be to disguise the fact that private interests are the ultimate
beneficiaries of the reorganized operating structure.... "
Affidavit of Professor
Stephen Kent [McPherson Civil Case]
Scientology training appears more like an educational activity (the acquisition of
knowledge and practical skills in the application of Scientology theory and technology)
than a religious activity or worship in the sense defined by the Commissioners (Charity
Commission, 1999a: 25).
Like auditing, Scientology training appeared to be non-religious. In a similar vein,
the Commission "considered the core practices of Scientology, namely auditing and
training, and concluded that the private conduct and nature of these practices together
with their general lack of accessibility meant that the benefits were of a personal as
opposed to a public nature." The Commission concluded, therefore, that Scientology's
application for charitable status had not established public benefit, nor had it
established Scientology's auditing and training as religious practices. Accordingly, the
Commission rejected its application for charitable status (Charity Commission, 1999b: 4;
McPherson case: Plaintiff's reply to Scientology's claim that "purification
rundown" is a religious practice
"Mr. Kartuzinski later testified under oath to the Pinellas County State attorney,
Douglas Crow, that he had lied many times to the Clearwater police during their criminal
investigation including whether Lisa being merely a hotel guest inside the hotel for rest
and relaxation. (See attached statement of Alain Kartuzinski of October 13, 1998 p. 70,
71,72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 79, 80,).
He did say he lied to the police even though during the interview he had Flag counsel
present. Mr. Kartuzinski, also admitted on p. 81 that after lying to the police during
their criminal investigation of the death of Lisa McPherson, he had another interview with
Flag counsel and confessed to Flag counsel that he had lied to the police.
Although he was reprimanded by Flag counsel that he lied to the police, Flag counsel
wrote two letters to the police indicating that Lisa was only in the hotel for rest and
relaxation. Flag counsel never corrected the lies of Kartuzinski.
5 Hearing in McPherson case Legal wrangling over witness depositions, starring
Ken Dandar and John Merritt Vs MOXON et all
Declaration in McPherson case:
"14. David Miscavige specifically ordered destruction of any documents in ASI's
possession which would implicate Hubbard as managing agent of Scientology. He stated that
under his directive the LRH orders, or "advices" were being collected and
transferred by truck to a Riverside County recycling plant where the documents were to be
"pulped." This method of destruction was considered to be better than shredding.
I was also put in charge of purging the remainder of the LRH orders, i.e.
"Advices". This was to include "advices" that were located in Church
of Scientology of California (CSC); Church of Scientology International (CSI); and RTC.
15. Several weeks after the April, 1983 meeting, I attended another meeting at the ASI
offices concerning the continuing destruction of Scientology corporate documentation. In
attendance at this meeting were David Miscavige, Lyman Spurlock, Vicki Aznaran, Norman
Starkey, Marty Rathbun, and Scientology attorney, Earl Cooley. At this meeting, Miscavige,
for the first time, stated that Scientology had been ordered by a court to produce various
documents concerning a former Scientology member, Lawrence Wollersheim, who had a lawsuit
pending in Los Angeles against the Church of Scientology of California. The court had
ordered Scientology to produce Wollersheim's entire Pre-Clear file. "
Nov 7 2001 3 CASE NO. 00-5682-CI-11 (McPherson Civil Case):
Declaration July 1998
"It is incumbent on this and every court, as well as the authorities, to realize
the amount of deception, chicanery, lying, manipulation and outright criminality that
Scientology will employ to hide the truth about their criminal activities. They will spend
any amount of money to do this. I know because I was part of it for years. I received
orders to break the law. I issued orders to break the law. I got others to break the law,
and then I helped to hide these criminal activities just as they are hiding them now.
of hearing regarding Jesse Prince as an Expert witness
24 THE COURT: And they probably didn't want to be
25 there. But they were there and, in good faith, went
320 -- 1. ahead and executed it. They do not want to go,
2 probably, to a tampering with a witness.
3 Truth of the matter is, your own investigator
4 said and testified under oath in a trial they have
5 two purposes that they were hired for. One was to
6 look out for a security risk in Jesse Prince; two,
7 to get information that would impeach him in the
8 form of criminal activity. That's your witness.
9 That's your investigator. He was paid for it. And
10 they ought to know what they're talking about.
11 There's enough evidence in this record before
12 me for me to make that decision, and I'm going to
13 make it.
14 I understand where you're coming from. But in
15 my opinion, they were hired to do two things.One
16 was proper and one was not. Therefore, he's going
17 to get his request for sanctions. What they're
18 going to be is going to determine -- be determined
19 based on whether or not, I think, that this man
20 could ever have testified as a witness for them.
21 MR. FUGATE: I understand.
depositions for Jesse Prince
If the state chooses, prior to trial, to move this court to exclude references to the
so-called "fair game" policy then the court will entertain such a motion....
From Motion in Opposition to Summary Judgement in Lisa
McPherson Case :
Roach Feeding Sites:
"All of the Estate’s pathologists have further opined that Lisa did have
bug bites on her body, antemortem and peri-mortem. Dr. Spitz has
documented insect feeding sites on two autopsy microscopic slides.
Appendix A5, at pp. 20-27, 73-74. The scientific evidence of the post mortem photographs of Lisa’s body show
109 different cockroach feeding sites, mostly antemortem, per the board certified
entomologist retained by the Estate, Neil Haskell, Ph.D. See attached excerpts from his
deposition, Appendix 6, at pp. 238-239, and his diagram of feeding sites, Appendix 7, with
special emphasis on the facial autopsy photograph. Appendix 8. This is in direct conflict
with the affidavits and depositions of staff filed by Defendants."
Amend Criminal Code in Canada to end abuse of process by Scientology
Bill S-4 -- An Act to amend the Criminal Code
(abuse of process)
"The problem is the use of the court process and judicial proceedings by
barristers for harassing and injuring others, that is, for civil molestation, without
penalty. The deployment of court documents, court privileges and court proceedings as
instruments of malice and injury should, indeed, be made criminal offences.
This continuing abuse of the legal and judicial process by certain members of the legal
profession compels careful examination and scrupulous attention. The barristers in the
Scientology case read like a list of the who's who of the legal profession in Canada. This
case and the Supreme Court decision seriously questions the conduct of the barristers, one
of whom, Clayton Ruby, was a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and, at the time,
the vice-chairman of the Law Society's Discipline Committee."
of Edmond Hattaway
"20. The only problem was MY NEW LIFE. I was stressed out, burned out and under
EXTREME financial duress from the creditors who bad loaned me money to buy my super OT
abilities! I fell 6 months behind on my mortgage(s), my office rent, my equipment lease
and my van. Over the next two years I accumulated over $30,000 in back taxes. We were
drowning in debt. Even with all my super-duper OT ability (NOT!) I was incapable of
producing at my previous level! "
"Melanie. s very strong advice and pressure was to abort the baby. She had gone on
to say that at this point in my life it is better to do the greatest good for all. That
spending my life . clearing the planet. which means basically to get the planet saved from
insanity, would be the greatest good, in other words, a far more noble endeavor than
leaving staff to raise a child."
- An architect for the Freewinds ship tells
of dangerous blue asbestos.
[Lerma sent out postcards in an attempt to alert Scientologists of this potential health
hazard on The Freewinds - doing so would be later characterized as a
"hate crime" by Scientology
in 'complaints' to the USPS guided by Scientology's OSA version of the outlawed Guardian's
of Maria Pia Gardini
"77. I was so upset with OT VIII that I talked to the supervisor. She told me to
just do it and I will be amazed at the wins I will have getting rid of overts off all the
BTs from the whole track. I wanted to get out of there but there I was in the middle of
the ocean. I was furious! I was just ordering BTs on a sec check (Scientology Security
78. The night I attested to OT VIII, I went ashore with some friends to
see the casino in Nassau. Guess who was gambling there? David Miscavige, Guillame Leserve
and Ray Mithoff. Isn't gambling an overt in Scientology? When I saw this, I was ready to
leave Scientology. Between the gambling and the OT VIII, it was like garbage. I wanted to
leave, but this was very difficult."
Hana Whitfield [Hana Eltringham Whitfield was Hubbard's "Deputy Commodore"
in the Sea Organization in the early 1970's]
" 8. Hubbard once spoke about his strategies for "handling" his enemies.
The best way was to, literally, drive them crazy, to use all one's resources to find their
weaknesses and hit them hardest where it hurt the most. He said there were few men in
history who mastered the techniques to do so successfully. He intimated he was one.
31. The first Hubbard policy on "Fair Game" was printed 1st March 1965,
"JUSTICE SUPPRESSIVE ACTS SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS THE FAIR GAME
LAW," attached herein as Exhibit 13. It states: "By FAIR GAME is
meant, without rights for self, possessions or position, and no Scientologist may be
brought before a Committee of Evidence or punished for any action taken against a
Suppressive Person or Group during the period that person or group is "fair game ...
Such Suppressive Acts include ... 1st degree murder, arson, disintegration of persons
or belongings not guilty of suppressive acts (emphasis added)..."
Hubbard thus gave Scientologists carte blanche to commit criminal acts against anyone
declared a suppressive person. Despite Scientologists' protestations that the policy does
not exist or never existed, I was a student at Saint Hill Manor, England in late 1965 when
I was required to study it. "
"SCIENTOLOGISTS AND SEA ORG MEMBERS ARE OFTEN LOCKED UP AND HELD AGAINST THEIR WILL,
SOMETIMES FOR MONTHS."
PLAINTIFF’S MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN OPPOSITION
[ From Lisa Mcherson Civil Case]
"All of the Estate’s pathologists have further opined that Lisa did have
bug bites on her body, antemortem and peri-mortem. Dr. Spitz has
documented insect feeding sites on two autopsy microscopic slides.
Appendix A5, at pp. 20-27, 73-74. The scientific evidence of the post
mortem photographs of Lisa’s body show 109 different cockroach feeding
sites, mostly antemortem, per the board certified entomologist retained
by the Estate, Neil Haskell, Ph.D. See attached excerpts from his
deposition, Appendix 6, at pp. 238-239, and his diagram of feeding
sites, Appendix 7, with special emphasis on the facial autopsy
photograph. Appendix 8. This is in direct conflict with the affidavits
and depositions of staff filed by Defendants.
Q. What do you mean by Fair Game Doctrine?
A. Fair Game doctrine is a policy which was initially created by L. Ron Hubbard back in
the '60's which is still used today, although the Church of Scientology and its members
deliberately lie and say it no longer exists. And it is a policy by which individuals
which the Church of Scientology perceives to be its critics and enemies are intimidated,
harassed, threatened and anything that would cause a person to be silenced. "Not only
myself but a number of my friends who are ex- members and former high-ranking officials of
the Church of Scientology have all been targeted under the Fair Game policy and have been
threatened and one has even been set up in a staged car accident by the Church of
Scientology's Office of Special Affairs. "In the actual policy it states that a
target of the Fair Game policy can be lied to, tricked or destroyed. And destroyed is very
self explanatory. It gives a Scientologist the approval to murder someone that speaks out
or is critical of Scientology.
"Q. And what is that understanding you have as to earlier significant events in
his background? "
A. In both conversations with Mr. Moxon himself, he seems pretty proud of the fact, and
in conversations with Eugene Ingram, David Butterworth and Sue Taylor, who is the Director
of Public Affairs, Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., Mr. Moxon was one of the
original coconspirators involved in Operation Snow White against the FBI and the Internal
Revenue Service which resulted in the arrest and conviction of 11 high-ranking members of
the Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C. which also included the imprisonment of L.
Ron Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue Hubbard. "Mr. Moxon is very proud of the fact that he
was intimately involved in that whole unlawful affair and the FBI never caught him. He is
proud of fact that he got away with doing unlawful stuff and he never got arrested or
convicted for it.
"Q. Have you had any conversations with Mr. Moxon in whichyou gave he that
A. Yes. I did. When I spoke to Moxon my serious
concerns about being caught and prosecuted for killing both Cynthia
Kisser and killing Ford Greene, he mentioned this Snow White operation
in which he was a part of and he tried to assure me there was absolutely
nothing to worry about because I could trust him and I could trust the
other legals to help me get away with this. He claimed there was no way
anyone was going to find out." (Deposition of Garry L. Scarff, at p.
378, in. 18 - p. 380, in. 13.)
Arel Lucas [Arel Lucas is Keith
...And I've found some Aryan Nation members also getting punished under the Act for _exactly_
the same activities as are described herein.[ referring to activities engaged in by
"This Declaration describes my experience with fraudulent medical claims in
Scientology, and helps to illustrate why it is so necessary that people like Keith inform
and warn the public about the dangers of such practices. By exposing NOTS 34, Keith Henson was saving lives;
that is public warning, and that is fair use. " C L Kates
2000 Reply to Opposition Motion of CSI to renewed motion to amend
CSI'S BULKY SUBMISSION CONTAINS DUBIOUS ASSERTIONS THAT ARE EXPOSED AS FOLLY BY
ASTONISHING NEW EVIDENCE SHOWING HOW CLOSELY CSI GUIDED CSC'S DEFENSE.
In rebutting the factual contentions made in CSI's opposition, plaintiff begins with CSI's
central assertion: that it "had no role in this case." (CSI Opp., p. 11.)
CSI's effort to defeat Mr. Wollersheim's motion rests mainly on the declaration of CSC's
president, Neil Levin. (CSI Opp., p. 12, and respondents' joint Exhibit "5".) In
it, Levin boldly (and incompetently, inasmuch as he acknowledges having held no position
of authority at CSC until three years post trial) swears "[n]o employee, officer or
director of RTC or CSI participated in formulating trial strategy or defense tactics in
this matter." (Levin Dec., 11.)
Given Mr. Levin's seeming certainty in this regard, it should be inconceivable that CSI's
president, Heber Jentzsch, would have been videotaped in the wake of the trial, mocking
the jury and its $30 million verdict against CSC, in front of an audience of
Scientologists -- and disclosing details of the post-trial strategy. Yet, that is
precisely what happened, as Mr. Wollersheim's new, irrefutable video evidence shows.
(Exhibits "XX-99" and "III-99" submitted herewith, and accompanying
Supplemental Decl. of Daniel A. Leipold, 21-24.)
In the videotape, Jentzsch implicitly acknowledges having been present at the trial
("we could hear your shouts of 'Religious Freedom Now' through the walls on the
fourteenth floor!"). And, there can be no mistake about what CSI's Jentzsch means
when he talks of injustice committed against "us" -- or about the follow-up
measures undertaken by "our legal people."
Declaration of Jesse Prince in Wollersheim
29. I did give two taped interviews, which contradict my statements in this declaration
concerning Miscavige's control of Scientology. The first interview occurred shortly before
Halloween in 1992. With my wife, I was trying to get permission to leave the secret
compound in Gilman Hot Springs, and they would not allow us to leave unless I agreed to
state on audiotape that I was leaving on my own free will, that I was happy and pleased
with being incarcerated against my will ...
Vaughn Young in Wollersheim
5. RTC, CSI and Mr. Miscavige (hereinafter "Scientology") are attempting to
hide behind the arcane and difficult Scientology vocabulary and organizational structure
in the hope that the court will be baffled. I will take the court through this maze. I
will translate the language using Scientology's own material (including a Scientology
dictionary). With Scientology's own documents, I will show how Scientology is lying and
why Scientology's argument should be rejected. DEFENDANT IS DECEIVING THIS COURT
6. Scientology is seeking to deceive this court regarding two primary targets: (1) that
the Sea Organization is a loose-knit "fraternal organization" with no role in
management; and, (2) that David Miscavige has no role or position as it relates to the
management of Scientology or control over this case. I will show with their own documents
that these are a lie. The Sea Organization (sometimes called SEA ORG or SO) is the nexus
that permeates all Scientology "orgs" (Organization) and violates all
Scientology corporate structures and David Miscavige has controlled it since 1982.
The Church of Scientology appealed this decision twice to the United State Supreme Court
-- and twice to the California Supreme Court.
They [scientology] lost all of these appeals. The decision is now final.
The full citation and subsequent history of the case is: Wollersheim v. Church of
Scientology, 212 Cal.App.3d 872, 260 Cal.Rptr. 331 (2d Dist. 1989), review denied, (Cal.
Oct. 26, 1989), review denied, mot. granted, 495 U.S. 902, 110 S.Ct. 1920, 109 L.Ed.2d 284
(1990), cert. denied, 495 U.S. 910, 110 S.Ct. 1937, 109 L.Ed.2d 300 (1990), vacated,
remanded, 499 U.S. 914, 111 S.Ct. 1298, 113 L.Ed.2d 234 (1991), on remand, 4 Cal.App.4th
1074, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 532 (2d Dist. 1992), reh'g denied, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 532 (Cal.App. 2d
Dist. 1992), review granted, 10 Cal.Rptr.2d 182 (Cal. 1992), review dismissed, cause
remanded, (Cal. July 15, 1993), cert. denied, 114 S.Ct. 1216, 127 L.Ed.2d 562 (1994).
Most interesting in this case is the trial court considering, then rejecting, the cult's
assertion that "Fair Game" and other illegal acts against Larry Wollersheim were
a "core religious activity" and therefore protected under the Constitution. The
trial court rejected this ludicrous claim, stating:
It is not only the acts of coercion themselves -- the sabotage of Wollersheim's
business and the episode of captivity on the ship -- which are actionable. These acts of
coercion and the threat of like acts make the Church's other harmful conduct actionable as
well. No longer is Wollersheim's continued participation in auditing (or for that matter,
his compliance with the "disconnect" order) merely his voluntary participation
in Scientology's religious practices.
The evidence establishes Wollersheim was coerced into remaining a member of Scientology
and continuing with the auditing process.
Constitutional guaranties of religious freedom do not shield such conduct from civil
liability. We hold the state has a compelling interest in allowing its citizens to recover
for serious emotional injuries they suffer through religious practices they are coerced
Such conduct is too outrageous to be protected under the Constitution and too unworthy to
be privileged under the law of torts.
DP 2663/84 Juzg. de Inst. 21 - AL JUZGADO
EL FISCAL, al amparo del lo dispuesto en el artículo 790 de la Ley de Enjuiciamiento Criminal, interesa la apertura del juicio oral ante la AUDIENCIA PROVINCIAL y
formula con carácter provisional las siguientes CONCLUSIONES:
I A) Los orígenes, en España, de la ASOCIACION CIVIL DE DIANETICA, conocida internacionalmente como IGLESIA DE LA CIENCIOLOGIA o IGLESIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA CIENCIOLOGIA , se remontan al año 1968. En esa época, y más concretamente el día 18 de febrero de ese mismo año, tiene lugar (según la escritura no. 936, de 2 de marzo de 1973, de la Notaria Quinta del Circuito de la ciudad de Panamá, República de Panamá) la primera reunión de socios suscriptores de la sociedad denominada Operation and Transport Corporation Ltda. (OTC), perteneciente a dicha Iglesia, a bordo del yate "Royal Scotman" -mas tarde denominado "Apollo"- atracado, en esos momentos, en el puerto de Valencia, reunión en la que estuvieron presentes el fundador de dicha Asociación Civil, L. Ronald Hubbard (fallecido después, en fecha no bien determinada, aunque sobré el año 1986), su esposa Mary Sue Hubbard y Lean Steimberg, y en la que resultó elegido presidente de OTC el mencionado Hubbard. ...
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