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defamation in the News

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January 17, 2001 Church Of Scientology Fails To Prove Malicious Intent Of Time Magazine Writer The Church of Scientology did not show that the author of a 1991 article in Time magazine was malicious in his description of the organization, a U.S. court has ruled. In affirming a lower court's dismissal of a libel action, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said there was no likelihood that a jury would find "purposeful avoidance of the truth" in an article titled "Scientology: The Cult of Greed" by Richard Behar. defamation, lawsuits, Press
January 19, 1997 Hounded by the Church of Stars and Hype Some of Hollywood's biggest names have accused Germany of persecuting the Church of Scientology. But in Britain, the church itself is accused of using dirty tricks to harass its critics. In 1993, leaflets denouncing Bonnie as a "hate campaigner" were handed out and she sued for libel. The church countersued and has since mounted two further actions against them. A private investigator precipitated further proceedings. defamation, harassment, Press
January 21, 1993 Scientology's Accusations Are Unfounded: Letters Please set the record straight for your readers. After monitoring CAN for more than a decade, Scientology has been able to find nothing that holds up under scrutiny on CAN's supposed criminality. If it had been paying a little less attention to the cult awareness movement and a little more attention to its own organization, maybe the Church of Scientology of Toronto and its officials would not have been found guilty of spying on government agencies up there. Maybe Mary Sue Hubbard, wife of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and several other top Scientology officials wouldn't have gone to prison for felony convictions here in the United States. crimes, defamation, Press
October 28, 1988 Church Lawyer Alleges Ministry Bias Premier David Peterson has been asked to appoint independent lawyers to prosecute the Church of Scientology, after allegations that the Attorney-General's Ministry is caught in a conflict of interest. Lawyers for the church also asked the provincial auditor yesterday to examine the propriety of the ministry's having financed a civil suit launched by one of its own lawyers against the church and several media outlets. Casey Hill, defamation, lawsuits, Press, Scientology and Society, Toronto
April 5, 1985 Judge Rules Out Videotapes Aimed At Discrediting Witness An attempt to discredit a witness testifying against the Church of Scientology in a fraud trial hit a snag Thursday when a Portland judge called surreptitiously made videotapes an "amateurish performance" and refused to let them be shown to the jury. "I think they are devastating, devastating against the church," Multnomah Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer said out of the presence of the jury after viewing 108 minutes of tape recorded in a Los Angeles park last November. crimes, defamation, Gerry Armstrong, lawsuits, Press
January 15, 1980 Group Awaits Church Records In Libel Case A group of Albertans being sued for libel by the Church of Scientology are still awaiting delivery of church financial documents that court decisions have ruled must be turned over to them for use in their trial, which begins in four weeks. The church was ordered six weeks ago to produce the records for use by the defendants but Calgary lawywer Ken Staroszik, who represents seven of the eight, says the records have not been produced. Calgary, defamation, lawsuits, Press

defamation in the News

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February 2, 2001 Dorsai defames Karin Spaink and Zenon Panoussis Dorsai defames Karin Spaink and Zenon Panoussis on ars, claiming they are criminals. defamation, Karin Spaink
January 1, 2001 A Scientology web site libels Barb Warr A Scientology web site libels Barb Warr (Barb Graham) by calling her an anti-religious extremist and falsely implying that she and others listed on the site are inciting violence. Barb, defamation
August 1, 2000 Scientology distributes copies of Freiheit (Freedom) magazine Scientology distributes copies of Freiheit (Freedom) magazine by mail to Berlin residents. They allege that Bob Minton has been involved in fraud, money-laundering, and forgery. A few months later, they will be found guilty of libelling Minton, fined, and prohibited from republishing the libel. Berlin, Bob Minton, defamation
December 1, 1999 Scientology pickets Barb Warr's home and distributes Scientology pickets Barb Warr's home and distributes a libellous flier about her in retaliation for her participation in the Lisa McPherson memorial in Clearwater. Barb, defamation, San Diego
July 10, 1999 Washington Picket Rod Keller, Arnie Lerma, and Nukewaster picket in Washington, DC. Notes: handed out DA fliers - Leslie didn't know what hers said. defamation, pickets
June 18, 1999 San Jose Picket Meklar and kEvin picket in San Jose, California. Notes: no sprinkler tech, no Darlene, but kEvin gets DA fliers. defamation, pickets
June 1, 1999 Scientology distributes a leaflet showing a photograph Scientology distributes a leaflet showing a photograph of Bonnie Woods above the words "Hate Campaigner Comes to Town". A group of Scientologists put the leaflet in the mail boxes of the Woods' neighbors and handed it out to members of the public on East Grinstead High Street. The leaflet described Mrs Woods as a "hate campaigner" and a "deprogrammer"; it also cast doubt on the sincerity of her claims to be a born-again Christian. Six years later, Scientology will admit these allegations to be false and apologize in open court for libelling her. Bonnie Woods, defamation
May 15, 1999 Campbell Picket Keith Henson pickets in Campbell, California. Notes: Keith gives Xenu fliers to personality test recipients defamation, pickets
February 17, 1998 Two Scientologists Two Scientologists, B. and P., lose their appeal of a defamation conviction. They are found guilty of slandering Fran defamation, Francois Lavergnat, Switzerland
April 1, 1997 Scientologists are convicted of defaming Fran Scientologists are convicted of defaming Fran defamation, Francois Lavergnat, Switzerland