Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!!!!oleane!simtel!!!!ddsw1!!usenet Tue Oct 10 10:02:57 1995 Path: braintree!!!!!!oleane!simtel!!!!ddsw1!!usenet From: Judy Short <u238> Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: FEDERAL JURY STRIKES BACK AT CAN! Date: 7 Oct 1995 03:50:29 GMT Organization: MCSNet Internet Services Lines: 21 Message-ID: <454te5$> NNTP-Posting-Host: Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: Mozilla 1.22 (Windows; I; 16bit) Quote from September 29, 1995 press release: "In what may well be the most important trial victory ever for an individual's right to religious freedom, a jury in Washington today ordered the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) and three leading members -- including high-ranking spokesman and deprogrammer Rich Ross -- to pay $4,875,000 in damages to a member of a Pentecostal church who was the victim of a failed violent deprogramming by Ross in 1991. The court found that in brutally kidnapping then 18-year-old Jason Scott and holding him for five days against his will in an effort to force him to leave his church, CAN, Ross and their accomplices Charles Simpson and Mark Workman had conspired to violate Scott's civil rights to freedom of religion." "Ross, from Phoenix, Arizona, was recommended to Scott's mother when she sought advice over his membership in the Life Tabernacle Church from Cult Awareness Network, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Ross, who was praised by CAN's director, Cynthia Kisser, as "among the half-dozen best deprogrammers in the country", carried out the deprogramming in exchange for a package payment of $25,000 to him and his team."


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