Church of Scientology Leaders Plead Innocent in Federal Court

Church of Scientology Leaders Plead Innocent in Federal Court

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Of the eleven leaders of the the Church of Scientology who have been charged in federal court with attempting to infiltrate government agencies and steal government documents, nine plead innocent. The other two are still in England and haven't been extradited yet.

The nine appearing in federal court are: Mary Sue Hubbard, wife of the church founder; Henning Heldt; Duke Snider; Mitchell Hermann; Cindy Raymond; Richard Weigand; and Gregory Willardson.

U.S. District Judge George Hart makes a point of saying that the trial will not be turned into a forum for complaints about harassment of the Church of Scientology:

"The Church of Scientology is not on trial here and it's not going to be on trial. There will be no reference to religion throughout the trial.

We're talking about stealing. That's a simple charge — like you went in a bank and took money."

The Church of Scientology has admitted to copying government documents, but spokesmen claim that members took these actions to defend the church against government agencies.

Jeffrey A. Dubron, a spokesman for Scientology's church in Los Angeles, sys:

"Genocide didn't begin with gas chambers, it began with the suppression of a single organization. ...

We feel we will be able to prove intent (to harass)."

Heber C. Jentzsch, another Scientology spokesman, says:
"Religion is under attack. We're not alone. ...

It could result in vast devastation of an entire society if allowed to proliferate."

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