Scientology Leader Claims Victory In Court Ruling - 1987-07-29
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A leader of the Church of Scientology International calls a federal appeals court ruling "a tremendous victory," even though it upheld revocation of the church's tax-exempt status.
The Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the church, said he was happy about Tuesday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that his organization is "organized for a bona fide religious purpose."
But the court said that was not enough to maintain the Los Angeles-based group's tax-exempt status, revoked by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court on the grounds that a portion of its earnings "inured to the benefit of a private individual."