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Scientology Papers Opened And Then Resealed by Court

December 21, 1984: Hours after thousands of personal records and writings of the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, were released by a court to day, a judge ordered the papers resealed. Judge Lawrence Waddington of Superior Court responded to an emergency lawsuit filed by church members named in the papers who claimed their privacy rights were violated. The papers include diaries, letters, military records and unpublished manuscripts. News organizations were to be allowed only one 90-minute opportunity each Thursday to view the material.

Germany Wanting Scientologists Out

December 19, 1996: Germany created a government office Wednesday to coordinate its fight against the Church of Scientology and to keep people who are affiliated with the group out of key public jobs. Federal and state governments will work together to try to keep companies and people with links to Scientology away from jobs involving teaching and counseling, Kohl said in a statement. The German government claims Scientology is largely a money-making organization - with some traits of organized crime - that seeks world domination.

Charge Details Withheld In Scientology Case

December 19, 1984: More than 100 OPP officers, some armed with sledge hammers and fire extinguishers, raided the church's Yonge Street headquarters as part of an investigation into tax exemptions claimed by the church. The police alleged that the church and several employees defrauded the public with representations about several church courses. The process of laying the charges began on Dec. 1 when OPP Detective-Sergeant Albert Ciampini swore a nine-page document that contained allegations about the church.

Charges Against Scientologists Follow Huge Raid By 21 Months

December 19, 1984: The Church of Scientology of Toronto and 19 former minor officials are being served summonses today for a series of relatively minor charges such as theft, possession of stolen documents and breach of trust. The charges are the culmination of a 10-year investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Keep Investigation On Track

December 18, 1996: Lisa McPherson was a member of the Church of Scientology for 18 years before she died in December 1995. Any objective review can only raise more questions about what happened to the 36-year-old woman in the 17 days between the traffic accident and her death. A year later, the Clearwater Police Department still is looking for answers and avoiding accusations. Instead of cooperating, the Church of Scientology has responded by attacking the police department and complaining of harassment. It is standard procedure for Scientologists to discourage scrutiny with tactics that smack of intimidation. The Clearwater Police Department and the state attorney's office should not allow such a strategy to derail this investigation.

Slatkin Acknowledged Fabrications in 1988 Note

December 17, 2001: For 16 years, EarthLink Inc. co-founder Reed Slatkin ran an investment fund that eventually took in $593 million from around 800 people, including many Hollywood celebrities. But back in 1988, Mr. Slatkin made a startling admission in a handwritten note: "Instead of working on stocks, I was working on fabricating statements." This acknowledgment was discovered by lawyers for Mr. Slatkin's clients who are looking into his rise and sudden fall.

Church: Cops Planted False Story

December 17, 1996: The Church of Scientology sent a statement to media outlets Monday attacking the police department that is investigating the death of one of its members. The Tampa Tribune reported Sunday that Clearwater police are trying to learn what happened to Lisa McPherson, 36, a member of the church who died a year ago after spending less than three weeks at the church's local headquarters. Scientology officials claim the police "planted a false story in The Tampa Tribune for the express purpose of creating hate and prejudice against the Church of Scientology."

Scientologists Achieve 'Peace' by Settling Suits

December 17, 1986: Ending years of bitter litigation, the Church of Scientology has reached a series of out-of-court settlements in a move church attorneys said Tuesday will mean a lasting "peace" between the church and many of its harshest foes. Among the settlements approved last week was a highly publicized fraud case in Oregon brought by former church member Julie Christofferson-Titchbourne, who had twice won multimillion-dollar judgments against the church that were later overturned.

Ex-Scientologist Settles on Fee for Documents

December 17, 1986: A former archivist for the Church of Scientology has agreed to return thousands of pages of confidential church documents in exchange for an undisclosed payment as part of a settlement of his lawsuit against the church, attorneys confirmed Tuesday. The documents, which a Superior Court judge said portray church founder L. Ron Hubbard as "virtually a pathological liar," have been under court seal for nearly four years pending the outcome of Gerald Armstrong's fraud and misrepresentation lawsuit. Armstrong was a 12-year Scientologist who said he left the church disillusioned, taking with him more than 10,000 pages of the late L. Ron Hubbard's papers that purportedly proved that the church founder had misrepresented his military heroism and scientific achievements.

Psychiatry Center Head Criticizes Church Of Scientology

December 16, 2004: The director of Russia's major psychiatry center has expressed concern over the effect Church of Scientology programs have on the mental health of the country's population. Dmitriyeva accused the religious organization's members of trying to recruit people affected by the early September terrorist attack in the North Ossetian town of Beslan. "But [Beslan] residents have put up determined resistance against the sect," she said.

Charges Urged in Scientologist Death

December 16, 1997: After a two-year investigation, local and state police are recommending criminal charges be filed in the 1995 death of Church of Scientology member Lisa McPherson. Investigators on Monday delivered their findings to Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe in the form of a "prosecution summary." Clearwater Deputy Police Chief Paul Maser said the document recommends charges, but he refused to discuss specifics or who might be charged.

Police Investigating Death of Scientologist

December 16, 1996: Florida authorities are investigating the death of a Church of Scientology member who said she wanted to leave the church and ended up dead weeks later. Lisa McPherson, a 36-year-old originally from Dallas, spent half of her life as a Scientologist. But last year she called her family in Texas to say she wanted to quit the faith and come back home. "She goes to [the church's headquarters] for rest and relaxation and the next time there's any indication of what's happening to her is that on Dec. 5, 1995, she shows up at a hospital in New Port Richey and she's dead on arrival," said Clearwater Police Det. Sgt. Wayne Andrews.

Scientology Leader Named Defendant In Suit

December 15, 1999: A Hillsborough County judge has allowed Scientology's worldwide leader, David Miscavige, to be named as a defendant in a lawsuit over the 1995 death of church member Lisa McPherson. The lawsuit, filed by McPherson's family in 1997, has been amended to say that he "totally controls" and "micro-manages all of Scientology," and that his ecclesiastical role is part of an elaborate set-up to shield Scientology and its leaders from liability. The lawsuit also says Miscavige's subordinates informed him of McPherson's deteriorating condition and were acting on his orders as she became psychotic and was "imprisoned" for 17 days while in the care of Scientology staffers in Clearwater.

Scientology Takes Counterprotest To Critics' Homes

December 15, 1997: Church leaders deny the claims of critics who label Scientology a cult. The IRS granted the church tax-exempt status in 1993, but authorities in Germany, France and Spain consider it a for-profit organization. Most major German political parties do not allow Scientologists as members.

Mystery Surrounds Scientologist's Death

December 15, 1996: After spending half her life as a member of the Church of Scientology, Lisa McPherson told friends she was ready to get out. But on Thanksgiving a couple of weeks later, McPherson was not at home. Instead, she was at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Scientology's world spiritual headquarters. She was taken there Nov. 18 by Scientologists for "rest and relaxation." Seventeen days later, she was dead. An autopsy by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office showed McPherson's 5-foot-9, 108-pound body was severely dehydrated, her arms and legs were bruised, her skin was cracked and scaling.

Bravest Taking The Cruise Cure

December 14, 2003: The Fire Department has no use for Downtown Medical and its disputed detoxification program. FDNY officials are concerned that many of the 120 firefighters who sought help at the clinic stopped using inhalers and medications prescribed by department doctors. Fire officials also say the department has no proof that the clinic's regimen of moderate exercise, vitamins and saunas removes toxins from the body.

Ex-Dentist Gets 1-Year Sentence In Fraud Case

December 14, 1999: After attending a management training program conducted by the Church of Scientology in 1992, Brittain began offering his LaFollette office staff free cruises or $1,000 cash bonuses if they met the revenue-boosting goals he set, according to his plea-agreement papers. He authorized his billing clerks to sign his name to insurance claim forms, the agreement papers stated, without reviewing them prior to submission. He also "engaged in actions" which caused the staff to submit the false claims on his behalf.

At a Loss To Make Legal Findings

December 14, 1998: The saga of Scientology's legal skirmishes in France date back at least as far as 1978, when the organisation's founder, L Ron Hubbard, was condemned in absentia for fraud. But if the latest legal row involving Scientology is far from being the first, it is surely one of the most bizarre. In October, Le Figaro newspaper revealed papers in a long-running legal action against the self-proclaimed church had gone missing, provoking outrage from lawyers working on the case. Justice Minister Elizabeth Guigou considered the incident serious enough to order an internal inquiry. Even before this, however, there were signs something was amiss.

Your Taxes: A Court Decision For Scientologist

December 14, 1991: A Federal appeals court has legitimized a challenge to deductions for certain charitable contributions by a Scientologist, who contended that he had been a victim of discrimination. At issue is the deductibilty of contributions to religious organizations when the church or synagogue provides something in return. George H. Powell's victory means that the matter must now be reconsidered in court, and the I.R.S. and others are forced to take a fresh look at Scientology's contention that mainstream religious organizations also provide a quid pro quo for participation in religious services.

OPP Scientology Raid Finally Nets Guilty Plea

December 14, 1985: 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.