Channel 28 News, 4/06/2000 [screen in background has Scn crossed out cross and the phrase "Scientology fight for freedom" (using the Scn logo for the word "Scientology")] NEWSCASTER--ON CAMERA: The Church of Scientology is calling it a fight for religious freedom, and today a Pinellas County Judge continued to hear the church's arguments in a controversial Clearwater case that has been going on for a while. [picture of Lisa McPherson; Fort Harrison Hotel; courtroom footage; David Miscavige in courtroom; Scienos in courtroom] NEWSCASTER--VOICE OF: The church is trying to get felony charges dropped in the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson. She died after spending 17 days at the church-owned Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater while in church members' care. Today the judge wanted to know why prosecutors charged the Church of Scientology as a whole, instead of citing individual church members who cared for McPherson before her death. DOUG CROW: This is clearly a case of collective responsibility. ERIC LIEBERMAN: There can be no basis to charge the church for this conduct, stigmatize an entire religion. [Judge Susan Schaeffer; Scieno lawyer in front of chart display; Lisa's death certificate] NEWSCASTER--VOICE OF: These hearings came about after an amended version of McPherson's death certificate filed in February listed her death as accidental. The first version linked church members to her death. The judge said it will take at least a month to make her decision.