Online Scientology critic seeks political asylum - 2001-05-19

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F28.png Online Scientology critic seeks political asylum May 19, 2001, Thomas C. Greene, The Register

The jury convicted him of interfering with a religion -- likely due to his habit of picketing near the cult's properties -- but failed to reach a decision on two other patently idiotic charges brought by Deputy District Attorney Robert Schwarz, who, it is claimed, is either a Scientology dupe himself, or on old Elron's posthumous payroll.

So the jury split 9/3 on Schwarz's charge of terrorism and 10/2 on his nearly equally moronic charge of attempted terrorism.

That's right; a prosecutor -- someone who managed to graduate from a university, then a law school, and then pass the California Bar Exam -- actually brought charges of terrorism against someone joking on Usenet about firing a nuclear warhead at a group of people scattered all over the globe.

We conclude that California must have the slackest educational standards in the world if it can, in good faith, award anything higher than a beautician's license to someone unable to noodle out the obvious absurdity in Henson's comment.


{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Greene | title = Online Scientology critic seeks political asylum | url = http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/05/19/online_scientology_critic_seeks_political/ | work = The Register | date = May 19, 2001 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}