Archive Message - 1995

From braintree!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail Fri Oct 20 10:08:18 1995 Path: braintree!!!sun4nl!xs4all!!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: (fwd) CAN Press Release Date: 20 Oct 1995 02:51:59 +0100 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 63 Sender: Message-ID: <466vbv$> NNTP-Posting-Host: XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to <postmaster@REPLAY.COM> Received this in the mail - [begin article] Date: October 19, 1995 Contact: Cynthia Kisser/312-267-7777 Non-profit forced to bankruptcy while seeking reversal of civil case The Cult Awareness Network (CAN) announced today that it has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code following a jury verdict against it of $1,087,500, including one million dollars in punitive damages. CAN's president, William Rehling of Chicago, stated "We are confident this verdict will be overturned. If necessary, CAN will appeal the verdict to the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. CAN filed a motion in the trial court following the verdict asking that the judgement be set aside or that a new trial be allowed CAN. However, Judge John Coughenour of the United States District Court in Seattle refused to stay collection of the judgement against CAN, and does not plan to rule on the motion for judgement until late October or early November. The plaintiff in the case, Jason Scott, has already moved to collect his judgement in Illinois, where CAN's national office is located. Because Judge Coughenour has denied CAN a legal remedy for relief while its motion is pending before him, CAN had to seek the protection of bankruptcy court. The verdict was handed down last month in a case which named CAN and other defendants. The case charged that in 1991 one of CAN's volunteers in the state of Washington referred a mother to two counselors or deprogrammers. The mother asked for help to counsel two minor sons involved in a religious group which the mother had left. The mother alleged sexual molestation of one minor son by the church youth leader. The mother hired one of the two deprogrammers, Rick Ross, to counsel the sons. The mother later hired Ross a second time, without the CAN volunteer's knowledge, to arrange to abduct her l8-year-old son and counsel him. The son was represented by Kendrick Moron of the Church of Scientology. Scientology, a long-time adversary of CAN, has orchestrated over forty unsuccessful lawsuits against CAN in the past three years. CAN is a national, non-profit organization that handles over 20,000 inquiries a year from the public on cult related issues. It operates on an annual budget of less than $350,000 a year. CAN opposes kidnapping or other illegal measures to deprogram adult cult victims. CAN's annual conference presents experts from a variety of fields, including psychology and psychiatry, law, religion and other fields, as well as panels of former cult members and their families. This year's conference will be held November 3, 4 and 5 in White Plains, New York at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Rehling emphasized, "It is important that CAN pursue every legal avenue to have this case re-evaluated. If this judgement stands, then every organization that relies on volunteers could be punished or destroyed in a similar manner because of well-intending acts by volunteers." -end- Cult Awareness Network, 2421 W. Pratt Blvd., #1173, Chicago, IL 60645


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