Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!genmagic!!!!!!news Thu Oct 5 10:54:39 1995 Path: braintree!!!genmagic!!!!!!news From: (Michael Reuss) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Rocky Mountain News 10/4 Date: 4 Oct 1995 18:41:32 GMT Organization: Hewlett-Packard Lines: 51 Message-ID: <44ukgs$> NNTP-Posting-Host: Mime-Version: 1.0 X-Newsreader: WinVN 0.93.11 The following article appearing in the Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado, USA) (page 22A) on Tuesday, 10/4/95. Typos are mine. Used without permission. -- Michael Reuss Honorary Kid *************************************************************************** Major Headline: "Computer expert to study church data" Minor Headline: "Judge orders review of Scientology material" by Karen Abbott - RMN Staff Writer A federal judge ordered a computer expert Tuesday to study disputed computer materials in a legal battle of the Church of Scientology beliefs. Some of the church's most secret beliefs, meanwhile, will be sealed. Denver U.S. District Judge John Kane ordered the computer equiptment and data turned over to the court for inspection by Gary Nutt, a University of Colorado computer sciences professor who testified for Scientology critics Lawrence Wollersheim and Robert Penny. Wollersheim and Penny are former Scientologists who have distributed information about the church on the Internet. The church has sued them on grounds they are violating copyright and trade-secret laws. In August the church, possessing with a court order [original grammar], seized the two men's computer equiptment and related materials in surprise raids at their homes. The church and its two critics each argued Tuesday their side should have the computer materials. Scientology leaders said they would be committing heresy if they released the materials. Wollersheim and Penny accused church officials of violating Kane's order that they return the materials and asked Kane to find them in comtempt of court. But in a 13-page document amending and clarifying his order, Kane said the original court orders required the materials to be in the hands of the church's lawyers, not church officials. He said no one's religious freedom would be violated by any order that the lawyers hand over the materials to Wollersheim and Penny or anyone else. Kane said the material that church officials say is most sacred and secret, a copy of which purportedly was in Wollersheim's computer, will be sealed until further notice in accordance with an earlier federal appeals court order in the case. The two sides also had argued about the condition of the computer equiptment and materials and whether the other side had tampered with the evidence. Kane ordered Nutt to examine the materials and report on whether they had been altered or tampered with. Nutt also is to get the computer equiptment in working order if possible. Until Nutt reports to him, Kane said he won't rule on the contempt issue.


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