Scientology Now Has Until July 2 to Turn Over Evidence in Forced-Abortion Lawsuit - 2013-05-16
With its California Supreme Court petition shot down, Scientology learned in Los Angeles Superior Court today that it has a little more than six more weeks before it has to turn over thousands of pages of evidence that Laura DeCrescenzo (right) believes will bolster her lawsuit against the church. In her lawsuit, DeCrescenzo alleges that she experienced brutal treatment after starting to work for the church at only 9 years old and then joined the Sea Organization at 12. At 17, she alleges, she was forced to have an abortion in order to continue working 100-hour weeks.
After four years of complex fighting over whether DeCrescenzo had filed her lawsuit in time, Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian recently ordered the church to turn over thousands of pages of evidence that was contained in her "pc folders" — confessional material that DeCrescenzo believed would help prove her case. In recent weeks, the church petitioned California's appeals and supreme courts in an attempt to fight Sohigian's order, but as of this morning they had run out of appeals.
Judge Sohigian also today set a date of October 3 for hearing Scientology's motion for summary judgment.