Scientology's US Supreme Court Petition Gets Boost from National Council of Churches - 2013-08-07
Next month, Scientology's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari will fight for survival during a conference with more than 850 other petitions being considered that day. The Church of Scientology is asking the Supremes to consider its assertion that California's priest-penitent law is unconstitutional. Last month, Scientology was forced by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to turn over 18,000 pages of evidence to Laura DeCrescenzo in her lawsuit against the church alleging abuse, including being forced to have an abortion at only 17.
Scientology has argued time and again that those pages of evidence should be protected under priest-penitent privilege, even though DeCrescenzo is the "penitent" and has demanded the evidence so she can bolster her position in the lawsuit. Scientology has already lost appeals to the California's appellate and supreme courts on the matter, and Justice Anthony Kennedy denied the church's request for an emergency stay.
And on the day of the September 30 conference, Scientology faces daunting odds to get its petition to the next level. But now, it has a little more support, and it's coming from an interesting source.