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October 21, 2002 Scientologists Bar Negativity, Interviewing Given nearly 50 years of controversy, it's probably fitting that a Sunday visit to the Church of Scientology began in the office of a steamed church official, Pat Post. Post didn't know I got permission last week to attend the church - much less interview members, who follow the teachings of science fiction writer and all-around Renaissance man L. Ron Hubbard. In six years of covering religion, from mainline churches to witches' covens, this was the first time I was forbidden to interview members. Denver, Press, Scientology and Society
November 11, 1999 Board To Soften Drug Resolution Members of the State Board of Education indicated they would soften a resolution about the use of psychiatric drugs by schoolchildren. Mental-health advocates appeared before the board Wednesday to counter a presentation last month by people who claim use of psychotropic drugs causes school violence. Mental-health advocates see the latest developments as a new phase in a long-standing assault on psychiatry with strong ties to the Church of Scientology. Denver, obstructing psychiatry, Press
September 26, 1995 Scientologists Deleted Data Before Returning Computers The Church of Scientology defied a federal judge and deleted material from the computers and floppy disks of two critics from Boulder before returning them. "We are not ... returning our sacred, confidential, unpublished and copyrighted scriptures," Warren McShane, a church leader in Los Angeles, wrote in a letter that accompanied the return of the computers to the law officies of Faegre & Benson in Denver. The missing documents prompted attorneys for church critics Robert Penny and Lawrence Wollersheim to file a contempt motion in federal court. Denver, Larry Wollersheim, lawsuits, Press, Scientology and Society
September 26, 1995 Most, Not All, Items Seized By Church Of Scientology Returned Scientology refuses to comply with court order: Most of the Church of Scientology documents confiscated last month from the homes of two Boulder County men by U.S. marshals were returned yesterday under orders from the federal courts in Denver and the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the courts ordered that "all" confiscated items be returned to Lawrence Wollersheim and Robert Penny, not "most" of the items. Denver, Larry Wollersheim, lawsuits, Press, Scientology and Society