Scientologists celebrate fraud mistrial - 1985-07-17

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F218.png Scientologists celebrate fraud mistrial July 17, 1985, Clyde Jabin, UPI

Jubilant Church of Scientology members called a judge's rejection of a $39 million fraud award a victory for freedom of religion, but the attorney for the ex-member who brought suit vowed to continue the fight.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Donald Londer voided a $39 million fraud verdict against the church Tuesday, declaring a mistrial in the suit by former member Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, 27, who was not in the courtroom.

In a ruling frequently critical of his own conduct during the 11-week trial, Londer said the case had gone astray from the fraud accusations leveled by Titchbourne and had become an attack on the Church of Scientology itself.

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