SCIENTOLOGY ASKS U.S. SUPREME COURT FOR EMERGENCY STAY IN FORCED-ABORTION CASE - 2013-06-25
Justice Anthony Kennedy With just days before a court order will force the Church of Scientology to turn over thousands of pages of evidence in Laura DeCrescenzo's lawsuit alleging abuse during her employment in the church's "Sea Org" — including an abortion she says was forced on her when she was only 17 — Scientology has applied to the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay to stop the lawsuit in its tracks.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian has already decided that DeCrescenzo is entitled to her own "pc files" — confessional material that was compiled while she worked for the church from only nine years of age, joining the Sea Org at twelve and then finally leaving it at 25 in 2004. Scientology has appealed and lost that decision twice, most recently at the California Supreme Court.
Now, Scientology wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review that state supreme court decision, but in the meantime, it wants an emergency stay to freeze the case so the church doesn't have to turn over the documents on July 2.