Scientology Complains of Hardship

Source: Boston Globe
Date: October 28, 1980

The $100,000 attachment placed on a bank account of the Church of Scientology by a Brookline doctor is "causing hardship," the church complained yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Dr. Lawrence Stifler, who has offices in Boston, made the attachment in connection with his $1 million suit against the church and one of its members for injuries that allegedly resulted from being beaten by one of the church's fund raisers.

Stifler said in the suit, filed by Atty. Thomas M. Greene, that he was grabbed, pushed and choked by Roger Sylvester on Boylston street in the Back Bay about 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Stifler said he fell and injured his knee. He said he is using crutches and it is likely he will need surgery on the knee.

Stifler said that he is a marathon runner and "potential New England champion," but may never run again.

Atty. Thomas Shapiro on behalf of the church, which has offices on Beacon street, asked Judge Andrew R. Linscott to remove the attachment on the churchfunds. He said the "church isn't going anywhere and will be around" when any trial in Stifler's case. Linscott took the matter under advisement.

Stifler said in his suit that he had been approached "a million times" by solicitors for the church and was "tired of the harassment."

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