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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Church of Scientology Loses $39 Million Fraud Lawsuit

A jury today awarded $39 million to a woman who says the Church of Scientology defrauded her with claims it would improve her eyesight and make her more intelligent.

The Multnomah Circuit Court jury, after a 10-week trial and two and a half days of deliberations, found that the church defrauded the woman, Julie Christofferson Titchbourne, who had been a church member for nine months.

''This is a ridiculous decision,'' said Earle C. Cooley, a, attorney representing the Scientology church. ''The Constitution is in serious trouble in the state of Oregon and we will appeal.''

Mrs. Titchbourne's lawyer, Garry P. McMurry, said the award was ''adequate for the punishment that was intended.''

Mr. McMurry said his client had been told by church leaders that Scientology could improve her weak eyesight, raise her I.Q. and teach her more about the mind than any psychologist or psychiatrist.

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Source: NyTimes.com