LIVE IN L.A.: Hearing in Laura DeCrescenzo's Scientology forced-abortion lawsuit - 2016-04-27
Today, in a Los Angeles courtroom, the Church of Scientology will try to convince a judge that it can treat its own workers as harshly as it wants to and a US civil court can have nothing to say about it.
Laura DeCrescenzo filed her abuse lawsuit against the Church of Scientology in 2009 and it's had a complex history since then. But before she can get to a trial later this year, she has to get past a second summary judgment hearing, happening today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Her lawsuit already managed to survive a previous summary judgment hearing, in October 2013, and we were in the courtroom for that dramatic day, live blogging as Judge Ronald Sohigian found that Laura had compelling evidence about her forced abortion and other abuses as a member of Scientology's "Sea Org," evidence that deserved to be heard by a jury.