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