SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: California Supreme Court rejects appeal in forced-abortion lawsuit - 2016-09-15
More than seven years after Laura DeCrescenzo filed her lawsuit alleging abuse at the hands of the Church of Scientology, she has moved one step closer to a trial with the latest rejection of a Scientology time-wasting appeal.
The California Supreme Court has denied the church's petition to review a state appeals court decision that upheld the trial court's denial of Scientology's second motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit. As we explained in August, Scientology is unhappy that its motion, which tried to have the lawsuit thrown out on First Amendment religious rights grounds, was denied by Judge John P. Doyle just before he disqualified himself from the lawsuit once he revealed that he had cousins in Scientology's Sea Organization.
Scientology's position is that because Doyle had to disqualify himself, his decision to deny the church's motion should also be disqualified. But the state appeals court disagreed, and now the state's highest court has refused to hear the matter.