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From: Judy Short
Subject: FEDERAL JURY STRIKES BACK AT CAN!
Date: 7 Oct 1995 03:50:29 GMT
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Quote from September 29, 1995 press release:
"In what may well be the most important trial victory ever for an
individual's right to religious freedom, a jury in Washington today
ordered the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) and three leading members --
including high-ranking spokesman and deprogrammer Rich Ross -- to pay
$4,875,000 in damages to a member of a Pentecostal church who was the
victim of a failed violent deprogramming by Ross in 1991. The court found
that in brutally kidnapping then 18-year-old Jason Scott and holding him
for five days against his will in an effort to force him to leave his
church, CAN, Ross and their accomplices Charles Simpson and Mark Workman
had conspired to violate Scott's civil rights to freedom of religion."
"Ross, from Phoenix, Arizona, was recommended to Scott's mother when she
sought advice over his membership in the Life Tabernacle Church from Cult
Awareness Network, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Ross, who was
praised by CAN's director, Cynthia Kisser, as "among the half-dozen best
deprogrammers in the country", carried out the deprogramming in exchange
for a package payment of $25,000 to him and his team."