Scientology's defense impresses judge - 2000-04-07

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F15.png Scientology's defense impresses judge April 7, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

After listening to legal arguments over two days, Pinellas-Pasco Chief Circuit Judge Susan F. Schaeffer said Thursday she will take a month to decide whether to dismiss the criminal case against the Church of Scientology.

She also expressed support for key arguments raised by the church, which is defending itself against two charges in the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson.

Schaeffer said she's convinced McPherson consented to go with fellow Scientologists to the church's Fort Harrison Hotel, where church staffers tried over 17 days to help her through a severe mental breakdown.


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