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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (DEBORAH L. BELL)
Subject: Rocky Mtn News 10-4-95
Date: 4 Oct 1995 17:37:05 -0600
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Rocky Mountain News Wednesday, October 4, 1995 Page 22A
COMPUTER EXPERT TO STUDY CHURCH DATA
JUDGE ORDERS REVIEW OF SCIENTOLOGY MATERIAL
by Karen Abbott, Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer
A federal judge ordered a computer expert Tuesday to study
disputed computer materials in a legal battle over the Church
of Scientology's beliefs.
Some of the church's most secret beliefs, meanwhile, will
Denver U.S. District Judge John Kane ordered the computer
equipment and data turned over to the court for inspection
by Gary Nutt, a University of Colorado computer sciences
professor who testified Monday for Scientology critics
Lawrence Wollersheim and Robert Penny of Boulder.
Wollersheim and Penny are former Scientologists who
have distributed information about the church on the
Internet. The church has sued them on grounds they are
violating copyright and trade-secrets laws.
In August the church, possessing (sic) with a court order,
seized the two men's computer equipment and related materials
in surprise raids at their homes.
The church and its two critics each argued Tuesday their
side should have the computer materials. Scientology leaders
said they would be committing heresy if they released the
materials. Wollersheim and Penny accused church officials
of violating Kane's order that they return the materials
and asked Kane to find them in contempt of court.
But in a 13-page document amending and clarifying his
order, Kane said the original court orders required the
materials to be in the hands of the church's lawyers, not
church officials. He said no one's religious freedom
would be violated by any order that the lawyers hand over
the materials to Wollersheim and Penny or anyone else.
Kane said the materials that church officials say is
most sacred and secret, a copy of which purportedly
was in Wollersheim's computer, will be sealed until further
notice in accordance with an earlier federal appeals court
order in the case.
The two sides also had argued about the condition of the
computer equipment and materials and whether the other side
had tampered with the evidence. Kane ordered Nutt to
examine the materials and report on whether they had
been altered or tampered with. Nutt also is to get the
computer equipment in working order if possible.
Until Nutt reports to him, Kane said, he won't rule on
the contempt issue.
(end of article)
Looks like the $tupidologists are already in contempt,
since they returned Wollersheim's computers in an
inoperable condition. The order required them to return
the computers in the same condition they took them.
Looks like the $cieno lawyers are going to take the fall
for the actions of their "church" officials.
Kane may have sealed one copy of the Fishman affadavits
but they are all over the net for anybody to read!