SCIENTOLOGY TO CALIFORNIA SUPREMES: State's Priest-Penitent Law is Unconstitutional - 2013-05-04
Earlier this week we told you that Laura DeCrescenzo's forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology had reached a crucial stage, and that the church is scrambling to prevent a release of thousands of pages of documents that could bolster DeCrescenzo's case.
The documents come from Laura's "pc folders," which were compiled as she spent years undergoing brutal interrogations as a member of the church's "Sea Org." Unlike in a Catholic confessional, DeCrescenzo's auditing sessions were not only recorded by auditors, but those notes were reviewed and shared by case supervisors and other church employees — the church itself admits that some 250 officials compiled or reviewed these notes, which contain intimate secrets about DeCrescenzo's private life. When she demanded the documents — which fill about 140 folders and were compiled over a decade — the church tried to keep them secret under California law that protects priest-penitent confessions (even though it was the penitent — DeCrescenzo — who wanted the material). The superior court in Los Angeles ruled that because Laura's notes were shared by so many church employees, that law didn't apply, and the church has already lost an appeal of that decision.
So now the church has petitioned the state's supreme court, arguing that the law itself is unconstitutional because it discriminates against Scientology's concept of confessional confidentiality. We now have the church's petition, and we're sharing it with our readers.