JUSTICE KENNEDY DENIES SCIENTOLOGY REQUEST FOR STAY IN FORCED-ABORTION CASE - 2013-06-26
We just received a call from the U.S. Supreme Court informing us that Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied the Church of Scientology's application for an emergency stay in Laura DeCrescenzo's four-year lawsuit. For the moment, that leaves the church with no legal way to avoid turning over thousands of pages of evidence to DeCrescenzo, which was ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian.
As we reported yesterday, the church had asked Kennedy to stay Sohigian's order as it once again appealed the decision that it must turn over to DeCrescenzo her "pc files" — hundreds of folders of confessional material compiled during her 13 years as an employee of Scientology's "Sea Org." In her lawsuit, DeCrescenzo is alleging abuse, including being forced to have an abortion at 17. Twice before, the church had appealed Sohigian's order to turn over DeCrescenzo's files and had lost.
The court's spokesman explained to us that the church does still have some options.