Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail Wed Sep 27 15:56:28 1995 Path: braintree!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Big Suprise Date: 21 Sep 1995 18:40:13 +0200 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 36 Sender: Message-ID: <43s4hd$> NNTP-Posting-Host: Content-Type: text Content-Length: 1444 XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to <postmaster@REPLAY.COM> Scientologists lose appeal of computer case Rocky Mountain News Tuesday September 19, 1995 By Karen Abbott The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday refused to let the Church of Scientology keep computers and documents belonging to critic Lawrence Wollersheim. A Scientology spokeswoman in Los Angeles said Denver federal judges are prejudiced against the church and treat it the way blacks once were treated in the South. The church has accused Wollersheim, a former member, of disclosing secret beliefs in violation of copyright and trade secrets laws. Last month church officials, armed with a court order, seized the computers and documents Wollersheim uses in his Boulder-based non-profit corporation, FACTNet. It distributes information on the Internet about Scientology and other organizations Wollersheim views as dangerous. Denver U.S. District Judge John Kane Jr. ordered the church to return the materials to Wollersheim while the church's civil case against him is pending. The church appealed. "What the appeals court judges failed to see is that Judge Kane's decision is fraught with prejudice...," church spokeswoman Gail Armstrong said. "We're now in the same disadvantaged position as the blacks of the South were until Martin Luther King and other honest individuals ended the injustice." She said she didn't know whether the church would return Wollersheim's materials.


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