Scientology seeks millions as punishment - 2003-08-20
On Tuesday, Rosen implored those jurors to award heavy punitive damages against the lone lawyer who for six years has waged a now-legendary legal battle that has caused nightmares for the church.
The battle stems from the wrongful death lawsuit Dandar filed on behalf of the estate of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who died in 1995 after 17 days of care at the church's spiritual headquarters in downtown Clearwater.
The case now before the jury is an outgrowth of that lawsuit.
Church officials cried foul when, more than two years into the wrongful death case, Dandar sought to add as defendants several top church officials, including the church's worldwide leader, David Miscavige.