H. Keith Henson
2237 Munns Ave.
Oakville, ON L6H 3M9
905-844-6216 (Fax by prearrangement)
August 29, 2002
Judge W. Douglas Baird
Rm. 468, 315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
H. KEITH HENSON'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF IN CONTEMPT HEARING.
Dear Judge Baird:
I am one of the hundreds if not thousands of people who closely follow the various developments surrounding the Lisa McPherson case. From having read thousands of comments, I can see that the vast majority of the observers see the courts as being manipulated by Scientology's attorneys, and used as a weapon against their less well-funded "enemies." As you are well aware, Scientology has enough money and lawyers to break even someone as well off as Bob Minton. I am also mentioned as a bit player in the Rosen/ Yingling notes as someone they have spent over $1 million on and "expect to spend" another $350,000.
I quote a public posting of August 14, 2002 from alt.religion.scientology because the (anon) poster put the situation in a nutshell.
"You should also look at the litigation that went on for years prior to this. Minton and Brooks were getting hit with dozens upon dozens of subpoenas. Every nook and cranny of their lives were being pried into during depositions. Tens of thousands of pages of depositions were being taken, much of it completely redundant and done solely to harass and intimidate. The judges in the various depositions were being controlled by the cult to an astounding degree and this in conjunction with the history of the cult's manipulation of the justice system probably made Minton suspicious of the court system. Schaeffer was the first judge to cut through the cult's bullshit ONCE she found out what was going on but it was too late by this time."
That meeting Rosen testified about Thursday, August 29, 2002 in your court would have been investigated as extortion and obstruction of justice if anyone other than Scientology were involved. But as a law enforcement person told me not long ago: "Nobody wants to lift the tail of a skunk!"
Scientology has spent tens of millions ruining Bob Minton, Graham Berry (my former lawyer, run completely out of the profession), and me. They are trying to ruin Ken Dandar. There is a pattern to this abuse--which I discussed in my amicus brief to Judge Schaeffer, incorporated here by reference. If you have not seen that brief, I am sure Judge Schaeffer will loan you her copy or I can make another copy and send it to you.
Their latest action to spend that $350,000 is a completely unjustified contempt motion in a Federal court in San Jose, California. They based it on a reference I made to one of their copyrighted criminal instruction manuals (related to the one used to hold Lisa McPherson till she died). At the same time they did not ask for that reference to be removed with 85 other links they forced Google to delete. But having made me an exile, they are likely to get a contempt judgment against me simply because I cannot return to the US to testify. (I am under a threat of death in a Scientology "influenced" jail.) Rosen also argued before the Federal court on August 13, 2002 that it was a violation of the injunction for me to be asking about a copy of "NOTs 56" which he claimed was Scientology's when in fact it is a parody *I* wrote and its origin is clear from their own exhibit.
The Wollersheim case (mentioned before your court) was paid off when Scientology was in fear their corporate shell structures would be collapsed by a Los Angeles court. But it took 22 years, and without the $750,000 Bob Minton put up it never would have been paid. The estimates is widely quoted that Scientology spent $140 million to delay payment those 22 years. Their own report to the IRS in 1994 listed $26 million spent on legal fees for that year--and it was a down year.
The reputation of the US courts is being tarnished by the public's perception that the courts are excessively influenced by Scientology--a cult Time Magazine called "terroristic." They use the courts rather than suicide pilots in aircraft. Many people (I am among them) fear "excessively" influenced courts more than suicide pilots.
I am concerned about the courts falling into disrepute because of the abusive tactics of Scientology. They are not the only ones who pervert justice by the application of vast sums of money (the tobacco companies and Microsoft come to mind) but Scientology is the most blatant about it.
It is not proper for a citizen to suggest a court take a particular direction, but I believe it is proper for a citizen to be sure a court has the facts before it.
Where there are statements of fact in this brief, I state under penalty of perjury that they are true to the best of my knowledge under the laws of Ontario, Canada and the United States.
PS. While hunting for the court's number I came upon the "Squeegee Boy" case. That was abuse by lawyers if I ever saw it.
PPS Posted on the news group alt.religion.scientology to give Scientology notice.
From: email@example.com (Keith Henson)
Subject: Re: Letter to Judge Baird
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 01:22:12 GMT
Organization: Temple of At'L'An
On Fri, 30 Aug 2002 03:06:43 -0400 (EDT), firstname.lastname@example.org (Pts 2) wrote:
>This would be GREAT if Judge Baird actually read this letter, absorbed
>it, and he himself, or had a law clerk do some research for him on this
>- a very real concern.
As I understand it, because the letter represents itself as an amicus the judge can reject it, but in order to do so he has to read it first.
Or at least that was the take of a lawyer I spoke to today, though he was not a Florida lawyer.
I actually spoke to Judge Baird this morning and commented on the "squeegee boy" case of his I posted recently. Judges are like everyone else and like positive comments on their best work.
I don't think he should get a lot of briefs mailed to him, but a few well thought out ones might be worth it. Be sure to post them here so the cult will know he is getting the briefs and freak out at him. That's what got the previous amicus brief admitted in Judge Sheaffer's court
The nice thing about the cult is that you can play nice and utterly freak them out.