Skeptic News: Court Sanctions Scientology Rehab

From: The Examiner

Two days ago Judge Stacey Hydrick sanctioned Narconon of Georgia and received cheers from far and wide.

Attorney Jeff Harris, representing the family of Patrick Desmond who died in 2008 while enrolled at Narconon of Georgia, says the ruling for sanctions is so strong; lawyers often refer to it as the civil-case version of the death penalty. Narconon Executive Director Mary Rieser was caught lying under oath in as many as ten depositions. Judge Hydrick concluded that, when she asked Riser on the stand about the omissions and false declarations, Narconon’s leader was simply not credible in her responses – – failing to tell the truth.

This case will now be heard by the jury uncontested and it is unlikely Judge Hydrick will permit another delay in the Desmond trial so that an appeal can be heard in a higher court.
Scientology has a lengthy history of their disdain for the rule of law and harsh rebukes from prominent Judges – – declarations such as “schizophrenic and paranoid” – – “no individual or organization was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds” – – “Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…”

“It is an organization with medical, social and ethical practices that are dangerous and harmful,” Judge Constandia Angelaki wrote in her [December 1996] ruling. “It claims to act freely so as to draw members who subsequently undergo brainwashing by dictated ways of thinking that limit reaction capabilities.”

Scientology is now facing as many as ten civil cases in the USA and Canada stemming from their Narconon rehab deaths, negligence and human rights abuses. Three recent deaths at Narconon Arrowhead and the death of Patrick Desmond at Narconon of Georgia, have initiated investigations by Health, Sheriff, and other governing authorities, including Senator Ivister in Oklahoma.

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One Response to Skeptic News: Court Sanctions Scientology Rehab

  1. NB: In US, “sanctions” means “punishes”, almost the opposite to the UK meaning of “permits”.

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