In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Superior Court jury awards $300,000 to L. Gene Allard from the Church of Scientology. Allard is a former bookkeeper for the Church in Los Angeles and he sued Scientology for malicious prosecution because the organization had him arrested in 1969 for allegedly stealing $27,713.90 in Swiss franc notes as well as church records.
Allard denied taking money, but did admit to taking financial records — which he immediately turned over to the IRS for use in investigating the organization. A deputy district attorney says that the Church of Scientology has been trying to discredit Allard so he won't be as effective of a witness against them in any IRS proceedings.
Allard's attorney told the civil jury that he was targeted under Scientology's "fair game" policy. According to Scientology policy, a "suppressive person" becomes "fair game" for almost any kind of persecution and attack.
L. Ron Hubbard himself writes in a letter describing how to deal with such people:
"SP (suppressed person) Order. Fair Game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."
A "suppressive person" is, according to the Church of Scientology, someone with an "anti-social personality" whose behavior hinders the progress of Scientologists towards becoming "clear." They are a danger to those around them and need to be dealt with.