State investigators fired for blowing the whistle on Scientology's rehabs get hearing in Denver - 2017-03-23

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F347.png State investigators fired for blowing the whistle on Scientology's rehabs get hearing in Denver March 23, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Yesterday, attorney Rachel Bussett argued before the federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, and we caught up with her after she'd gone through the heady experience.

"I'm feeling good about it. The heads in the courtroom were nodding," she told us. It was a big moment for the 41-year-old Oklahoma City lawyer representing two former Oklahoma state investigators, Kim Poff and Michael DeLong, who found terrible conditions at Scientology's flagship drug rehab, Narconon Arrowhead, but when they recommended that it be shut down after a series of deaths in 2012, their bosses buried the report and fired them when they complained.

Poff and DeLong filed suit over their terminations, but their cases were gutted and then dismissed by the district court in Oklahoma. Bussett was in Denver to argue to the appeals court that the lower court erred when it considered the retaliation claim in DeLong's lawsuit but not in Poff's, who had also sued over gender discrimination.

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{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = State investigators fired for blowing the whistle on Scientology's rehabs get hearing in Denver | url = https://tonyortega.org/2017/03/23/state-investigators-fired-for-blowing-the-whistle-on-scientologys-rehabs-get-hearing-in-denver/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = March 23, 2017 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}