Ex-Scientologist Wins Ruling Over Documents in Her Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology - 2017-11-15
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that lawyers for the Church of Scientology are not entitled to obtain additional documents they say they need to defend the church against a former member's claims that she was forced to work long hours before she was a teen and was coerced to have an abortion at age 17.
Judge Samantha Jessner said the church's attorneys could have asked for the information sooner and that she was not going to re-open discovery in the case, which was brought by Laura Ann DeCrescenzo in April 2009.
Lawyers for the church had sought documents reviewed by plaintiff's witness Stephen Kent, who is an expert in the sociology of religions. They wrote in their court papers that Kent used the records to form his opinion that DeCrescenzo, now 44, was subject to brainwashing and mind control that delayed her filing of her lawsuit.