Court tangle gave Scientology its first 'martyrs' - 1980-01-09

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F0.png Court tangle gave Scientology its first 'martyrs' January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, St. Petersburg Times

"THE UNITED STATES initiated the investigation which resulted in the instant indictment in view of the brazen, systematic and persistent burglaries of the United States Government offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Calif. over an extended period of at least some two years. Additionally, the United States was confronted with the pervasive conduct of the defendants in this case in thwarting a federal grand jury investigation by harboring a fugitive, in effect forcefully kidnapping a witness who had decided to surrender to the federal authorities, submitting false evidence to the grand jury, destroying other evidence which might have been of valuable aid to its investigation, preparing a cover up story, and encouraging and drilling a crucial witness to give false testimony under oath to that grand jury.

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{{cite news | first = Charles | last = Stafford | title = Court tangle gave Scientology its first 'martyrs' | url = http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=16 | work = Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = January 9, 1980 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}