Scientology leader David Miscavige will not testify in forced-abortion trial - 2018-07-19

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F347.png Scientology leader David Miscavige will not testify in forced-abortion trial July 19, 2018, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We have some updates for you from Laura DeCrescenzo's forced-abortion case as it rapidly approaches its August 13 trial date.

A week ago, we told you that Scientology's attorneys were scrambling to deal with a last-minute surprise from Laura's legal team — she had filed a "notice to appear" requiring church leader David Miscavige to testify in the trial, which will consider her allegations of abuse as a child working for the church's "Sea Organization."

Scientology's lawyers filed a motion to quash that subpoena, and asked Judge Mark Mooney to expedite his handling of it. The judge set a hearing date of Monday to make a decision about whether Miscavige would have to show up for the trial.

We have now learned that during that hearing on Friday, the attorney for the Religious Technology Center — the nominally controlling entity of Scientology as a whole — told the judge in open court that a mediation hearing on the case would be going on the next day.

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