Scientology asks for psychiatric examination of Laura DeCrescenzo in forced-abortion lawsuit - 2013-12-09
Laura DeCrescenzo (center) with Marc and Claire Headley as word emerged that Scientology's motion for summary judgment had been defeated The Church of Scientology has already demonstrated that it will go to extraordinary lengths to fight and derail the lawsuit filed in 2009 by former Sea Org member Laura DeCrescenzo.
Just to contest an order to turn over evidence in the lawsuit, for example, Scientology filed multiple appeals — even petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court — but was ultimately forced to fork over the 18,000 pages of documentation which bolstered Laura's case that she was manipulated as a child worker of the church, including being compelled to have an abortion at 17.
With that evidence in hand, Laura won a huge victory in October when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian denied Scientology's motion for summary judgment. Finally, after four years, Laura's case was headed for trial. But now, Scientology, perhaps predictably, has attempted to throw up a new set of hurdles to prevent Laura's evidence from being heard by a jury. And one of those hurdles is truly stunning.