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From: Mike_Reuss@HP-Loveland-om10.om.hp.com (Michael Reuss)
Subject: Rocky Mountain News 9/12
Date: 12 Sep 1995 22:41:32 GMT
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From the Rocky Mountain News (Denver CO USA) Tuesday 9/12 There was nothing in
the RMN about the Boulder protest in Sunday or Monday's paper.
(Typos mine, used without permission)
"Data on Scientology termed in peril"
"Defendant in lawsuit claims his research is in jeopardy if judge does not
by Jean Torkelson - RMN Staff Writer
The worlds greatest compilation of research on the Church of Scientology is
in jeopardy if a federal judge does not immediately return his computer
equiptment and files, Larry Wollersheim testified Monday.
Wollersheim, an ex-Scientology member, is being sued by the church for
disseminating the copyrighted church material on FactNet, his Boulder-based
non-profit computer bulletin board. The service provides acces to research on
what he calls "coercive" movements, such as Scientology.
Federal marshals raided Wollersheim's computer files in August and turned his
entire inventory of equiptment over to Scientology hands.
Wollersheim told Judge John Kane that if $40,000 worth of computer equiptment
and software is not returned immediately, "(We) don't have a hope or a prayer.
Scientology will have achieved its effect. The leading advocate of mind
Wollersheim said the material he seeks includes research and other documents
that are being supplied to five court cases around the country and to countless
families concerned about their children's involvement in the church.
However, under cross-examination from Scientology attorney Earle Cooley,
Wollersheim admitted that he could keep FactNet running without the return of
the specifically disputed copyrighted material, a small portion of the pages
disseminated by FactNet.
In a testy exchange, Wollersheim repeatedly resisted commenting on specific
files unless he could see actual documents.
"I would like to see more that this list you provided," Wollersheim said. "We
had 600,000 pages; show me the documents (you refer to)."
Cooley asked why Wollersheim had not bothered to oversee the transfer of
material as provided by the court order.
Wollersheim replied that he considered the material to be already comprimised
once it had been in Scientology hands.