Scientologists say jurors prejudiced by phone calls - 1985-05-24

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F218.png Scientologists say jurors prejudiced by phone calls May 24, 1985, PETER GILLINS, UPI

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Church of Scientology lawyers say they will seek a mistrial in a lawsuit that resulted in a $39 million fraud judgment they claim is part of a conspiracy to dismantle the church.

'This wouldn't be happening if we were dealing with a 2,000-year-old religion,' Boston trial lawyer Earle Cooley said Thursday. 'If this were anything other than a 35-year-old new religion, then we wouldn't be here.

'We are dealing with with a situtation where a religion has been targeted by a group of individuals who are attempting to destroy it. If they can target Scientology today, they can target others tomorrow.'


{{cite news | author = PETER GILLINS | title = Scientologists say jurors prejudiced by phone calls | url = http://www.upi.com/Archives/1985/05/24/Scientolofists-say-jurors-prejudiced-by-phone-calls/7333485755200/ | work = UPI | date = May 24, 1985 | accessdate = March 5, 2017 }}