The Battle of Portland, part 2: Pressuring a court by surrounding it with Scientologists and celebs - 2018-01-25

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F347.png The Battle of Portland, part 2: Pressuring a court by surrounding it with Scientologists and celebs January 25, 2018, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Yesterday, historian Chris Owen set up the backstory for what became known as the "Battle of Portland" in Scientology history. When we left off, an Oregon lawsuit had resulted in a $39 million judgment, with $20 million of it against Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. At that point, an emergency meeting was called by church executives...

The $39 million judgment in the 1985 retrial of the Titchbourne case was a disaster for Scientology. Church attorney Earle Cooley managed to secure a slender lifeline by persuading Judge Donald Londer to delay recording the verdict for a few days, ensuring that further representations could be made before the verdict was finalized.

On the evening of May 17, David Miscavige and other senior Scientology executives and lawyers held an emergency strategy meeting.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = The Battle of Portland, part 2: Pressuring a court by surrounding it with Scientologists and celebs | url = https://tonyortega.org/2018/01/25/the-battle-of-portland-part-2-pressuring-a-court-by-surrounding-it-with-scientologists-and-celebs/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = January 25, 2018 | accessdate = January 25, 2018 }}