No Thursday Funnies this week due to
Tom Cruise the cruise.
But someone sent this to me as a follow up to the earlier post I had done about the use of priest/penitent files: Scientology Violates Priest-Penitent Confidences — When It Suits Them.
What is so interesting about this issue is the lengths it goes to in order to ensure scientology can assert a privilege to withhold information being turned over in a legal or law enforcement action. This issue comes on the heels of the Christofferson trial and the subsequent jury award of $39 million. The Wollershiem case was coming up. The Legal Department was busy scouring Wollershiem’s folders for information that could be used against him in the case (this was pursuant to an L. Ron Hubbard evaluation of another legal case the “Goodrich Eval” where he had had information culled from Goodrich’s files in order to formulate the legal strategy to win the case).
But while scientology wanted to use the pc folder data as a sword — they also wanted to avoid litigants from doing the same. MANY of the claims of mistreatment and mental torture and infliction of emotional distress were contained in the pc folders. And ARE contained in pc folders.