Belief called irrelevant in death - 1999-12-07
In addition to constitutional arguments, the document filed Monday was rife with new details about the case.
It accused high-ranking church staffers in Clearwater of misleading and lying to police investigators and later to the public through statements that sanitized the "nightmarish" details of McPherson's demise at Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel. She was held there for 17 days while experiencing a severe mental breakdown. She died Dec. 5, 1995, of a blood clot in her left lung.
One staffer, according to the document, later acknowledged lying to police to protect himself and the church.