Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!!!csn!carbon!!!not-for-mail Thu Oct 5 10:54:50 1995 Path: braintree!!!!!csn!carbon!!!not-for-mail From: (DEBORAH L. BELL) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Rocky Mtn News 10-4-95 Date: 4 Oct 1995 17:37:05 -0600 Organization: University of Denver - NOT! Lines: 67 Message-ID: <44v5r1$> NNTP-Posting-Host: Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Rocky Mountain News Wednesday, October 4, 1995 Page 22A COMPUTER EXPERT TO STUDY CHURCH DATA JUDGE ORDERS REVIEW OF SCIENTOLOGY MATERIAL by Karen Abbott, Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer A federal judge ordered a computer expert Tuesday to study disputed computer materials in a legal battle over the Church of Scientology's beliefs. Some of the church's most secret beliefs, meanwhile, will be sealed. Denver U.S. District Judge John Kane ordered the computer equipment and data turned over to the court for inspection by Gary Nutt, a University of Colorado computer sciences professor who testified Monday for Scientology critics Lawrence Wollersheim and Robert Penny of Boulder. 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-secrets laws. In August the church, possessing (sic) with a court order, seized the two men's computer equipment 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 contempt 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 materials 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 equipment 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 equipment in working order if possible. Until Nutt reports to him, Kane said, he won't rule on the contempt issue. (end of article) Looks like the $tupidologists are already in contempt, since they returned Wollersheim's computers in an inoperable condition. The order required them to return the computers in the same condition they took them. Looks like the $cieno lawyers are going to take the fall for the actions of their "church" officials. Kane may have sealed one copy of the Fishman affadavits but they are all over the net for anybody to read! Tom Bell


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