June 13, 2000
dpa Clearwater (dpa) - The state attorney's office has dropped the charges against the American Scientology sect in the death of an adherent. It was alleged by the presiding state attorney in Clearwater, Florida, that there were no more grounds for the accusations of mistreatment and negligence of 36-year-old Lisa McPherson. Prior to that, the state's doctor, after new investigations, had determined the death to be the result of an automobile accident. The Scientology Church welcomed the decision on Tuesday. Critics of the controversial organization had been using the McPherson case as an example of the mistreatment of sect members.