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Scientologists lose appeal of computer case
Rocky Mountain News
Tuesday September 19, 1995
By Karen Abbott
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday refused to let the
Church of Scientology keep computers and documents belonging to
critic Lawrence Wollersheim.
A Scientology spokeswoman in Los Angeles said Denver federal
judges are prejudiced against the church and treat it the way
blacks once were treated in the South.
The church has accused Wollersheim, a former member, of disclosing
secret beliefs in violation of copyright and trade secrets laws.
Last month church officials, armed with a court order, seized the
computers and documents Wollersheim uses in his Boulder-based
non-profit corporation, FACTNet. It distributes information on the
Internet about Scientology and other organizations Wollersheim
views as dangerous.
Denver U.S. District Judge John Kane Jr. ordered the church to
return the materials to Wollersheim while the church's civil case
against him is pending. The church appealed.
"What the appeals court judges failed to see is that Judge Kane's
decision is fraught with prejudice...," church spokeswoman Gail
"We're now in the same disadvantaged position as the blacks of the
South were until Martin Luther King and other honest individuals
ended the injustice."
She said she didn't know whether the church would return