Laura DeCrescenzo answers Scientology 'religion' gambit on eve of key hearing - 2015-10-21
Less than seven weeks away from a trial she's been awaiting more than six years, Laura DeCrescenzo has to get over yet another hurdle this week placed in her way by the Church of Scientology.
Laura sued Scientology in 2009 claiming that she'd been abused in the church's Sea Organization, and that she'd been forced to have an abortion while she was still 17 years old. Her case has been through a very complex history — including a failed petition by Scientology to the US Supreme Court, which resulted in the release of thousands of crucial documents. In 2013, Laura's lawsuit survived a major step when Scientology's motion for summary judgment was denied by Judge Ronald Sohigian. We were present for those fireworks as Sohigian found that Laura's accusations were credible, and deserved to be heard by a jury. Sohigian then retired, and eventually the new Judge, Rolf M. Treu, set a trial date of December 7, 2015.
With that date just weeks away, Laura has yet another obstacle to get past. Scientology filed yet another motion for summary judgment, this time saying that how it treats its "ministers" is its own business, and is protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom.