U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES SCIENTOLOGY IN FORCED-ABORTION LAWSUIT - 2013-10-07
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Church of Scientology's final appeal that would have kept Laura DeCrescenzo (pictured at right) from using evidence from her employment files in her lawsuit against the church that alleges disturbing abuse, including forcing her to have an abortion at 17.
Scientology had wanted the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of California's clergy-penitent privilege statute, under which the church was forced to turn over 18,000 pages of documents from Laura's files compiled during the years she worked for the church.
The church's petition was not among the small number selected by the Court from approximately 900 petitions that had been submitted for its October term. And so with the final appeal cleared away, DeCrescenzo can now make use of the evidence the church turned over earlier this year. But now she faces another daunting challenge in her four-year legal odyssey: the church's motion for summary judgment, scheduled to be heard in Los Angeles Superior Court on October 23.