Scientology Church Charges Dropped - 2000-06-13

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F372.png Scientology Church Charges Dropped June 13, 2000, Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Prosecutors have dropped abuse and medical neglect charges against the Church of Scientology, saying they couldn't depend on the testimony of the county medical examiner in the case of a woman who died in the church's care.

The church was charged in the 1995 death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson after 17 days in the care of fellow church members following a minor car accident and mental breakdown.

In a memorandum made public Monday, prosecutor Doug Crow said he still thinks a crime occurred, but that medical examiner Joan Wood's credibility would be difficult to defend because she changed the cause of McPherson's death from "undetermined" to "accidental."


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