Church wants leader shielded - 2000-04-19
CLEARWATER -- Appealing to judges on both sides of Tampa Bay, the Church of Scientology on Tuesday continued its fight to keep its worldwide leader out of the legal fight over the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson.
The church goes to court this morning to ask a Hillsborough judge to remove David Miscavige as a defendant in the wrongful death lawsuit. In a separate action, the church filed a lawsuit in Pinellas circuit court alleging McPherson's estate broke a 1997 agreement by including Miscavige in the wrongful death suit in the first place.
In December, Hillsborough County Circuit Judge James S. Moody Jr. stunned the church and its attorneys by allowing Miscavige, the church's Los Angeles-based leader since 1986, to become part of the suit.