Federal judge smacks down Scientology's shameless attempt to delay forced-abortion case - 2018-05-04
It was quite obvious to us that Scientology's most recent shameless legal gambit — suing the woman in federal court who is already suing the church in a forced-abortion abuse case in state court — was simply an outrageous waste of time as the trial in Laura DeCrescenzo's nine-year legal odyssey finally draws nearer.
And now, a federal judge has agreed. Yesterday in Los Angeles, Judge George H. Wu granted Laura's motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit Scientology filed in December, ending it outright.
Laura filed her lawsuit against the church way back in 2009, alleging that after she signed a billion-year contract to become a Sea Org worker at the age of 12, she was subjected to years of abuse, including being coerced into have an abortion at 17 while she was still technically a child herself. Characteristically, Scientology has pursued its usual "scorched-earth" legal tactics, trying numerous schemes to get her case thrown out of court. But Laura's case has survived two motions for summary judgment, and successfully pried thousands of pages of her own personal records out of the church after Scientology went all the way to the US Supreme Court trying to stop her. After numerous judge changes and other holdups, she finally has a trial date in August 2018 at the Los Angeles Superior Court.