On 29 Aug 2002 14:42:16 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Praxis) wrote:
>Declan McCullagh reprints (with permission) a letter from Scientology
>representatives explaining their beef with the Internet and copyright
>Particularly interesting is this bit:
>An individual was convicted for threatening and intimidating
>Scientologists through the Internet. He then fled the country to avoid
>Let's compare that to this:
>On 26 Apr 2001, Keith Henson was convicted of "interfering with a
>religion", a misdemeanor under California law, for picketing outside
>Scientology's heavily-armed, razor-wire enclosed base outside Hemet,
>At trial, the judge threw out all Henson's witnesses, disallowed any
>testimony about his reasons for picketing the cult, and allowed the
>prosecution to present excerpts from Henson's Internet postings out of
>context; the Scientology witnesses also committed perjury which Henson
>was unable to rebut.
>Henson is seeking political refugee status in Canada in order to force
>the US government to look into the criminal conspiracy between the
>Hemet District Attorney's office and the Scientology cult to deprive
>him of his civil rights.
>Oh, those wacky Scientology kids! First they copyright their
>"religious" writings (is the Bible copyrighted? The Koran? Uh-huh.),
>then they load up our courts with lawsuits against grandfathers who
>protest the fact that their "church" kills people (like Lisa
>McPherson). Scientology: Take away its tax-free status. If it's a
>religion, I'm a Muslim. "
You missed a few items. I only found out about the arraignment by accident. I.e., the DA's office tried to conceal that I was supposed to show up in court in an attempt to get me arrested for failure to appear. I still have the unfolded notice that should have been mailed to me.
After the trial Judge Wallerstein sealed parts of the record without following the rules of the court to cover up the difference between his ruling in court and his minute order of the day--thus taking Frank Oliver's OSA documents out of the appeal record and (by now I would bet) entirely out of the court record.
These things sure don't inspire confidence in the Hemet courts where scientology is involved.
Re the unique tax status for scientology, it has been over 6 months now and nobody has filed the case against the IRS suggested by Judge Silverman to take the "chosen people" deal away from scientology.
PS, they got away clean with sending Stacy Moxon to her death in a hot transformer vault. They paid the family for killing Ashlee Shaner on the road outside of gold base.