Blockbuster charges in a Federal Suit involving the Church of Scientology. It involves accusations of impropriety and some of the most respected members of the judiciary and legal profession.
The allegations are coming from the former number-two man in the organization, and involve what he says is a multi-million dollar cover up of the death of a woman in Scientology care.
[Regarding the death of Lisa McPherson] The Church was charged with a second degree felony for practicing medicine without a license, and abuse of a disabled adult.
However, the charges were dropped after Pinellas Medical Examiner Joan Wood changed the cause of death from unknown to accidental.
Marty Rathbun, the former number-two man in Scientology, alleges that the organization showered gifts on the Medical Examiner’s attorney, Jeff Goodis, to influence her to change the cause of death.
From all the insane tales we’ve heard coming out of the survivors of Scientology, it’s getting difficult to be surprised at allegations. Here is the full story in a news report:
And here is more on the Rathbun testimony from the blog of Scientology expert Tony Ortega.
Rathbun now alleges that the church influenced Wood through her attorney, Jeffrey Goodis, who was plied with Super Bowl tickets and other gifts by Scientology operatives. WTSP reported that Goodis denied Rathbun’s allegations.
Rathbun also testified that former state prosecutor Lee Fugate was hired by Scientology in order to hold “ex parte” meetings with judges — meetings, in other words, that were held outside the presence of Dandar and, Rathbun says, were intended to paint Dandar and his clients in the worst possible light for judges.
The attorney for Scientology filed a suit to have Rathbun’s testimony thrown out.
It’s a complicated tale of which I can’t do justice to here. Please read the above links to find out more.
And go here for more: THE DECLINE AND (PROBABLE) FALLOF THE SCIENTOLOGY EMPIRE