WOW: California judge orders trial to determine if Scientology drugged incoming rehab patients - 2015-08-28
[[[:Category:Judge Edward Chen|Judge Edward Chen]] | Photo: Hillary Jones-Mixon]
On April 1, we told you about a class-action lawsuit that had been filed against several of Scientology's drug rehab companies in California. A judge has now ruled against Scientology in the lawsuit's preliminary matters and has called for a trial that should put explosive evidence in a courtroom — that Scientology's Narconon centers get new patients high on whatever they're addicted to before they can be admitted.
Two plaintiffs were named in the lawsuit; their attorneys planned for there to be many more former Narconon patients suing the Scientology rehab system. The plaintiffs, Nathan Burgoon of California and Caleb Landers of Pennsylvania, each alleged what we've seen in so many other lawsuits against the Scientology rehab centers: That they promise individualized drug counseling delivered by medical professionals with astounding success rates, and don't mention their connection to the Church of Scientology. But after patients have paid around $30,000 up front, they then learn that the Narconon program contains no drug counseling at all, but instead delivers the same kind of introductory exercises that a new member gets at a Scientology church.