Rathbun said he responded to a subpoena from Dandar but willingly helped the lawyer because he now feels the Church was responsible for McPherson’s death.
Lisa McPherson, 36, had a severe mental breakdown and died from a pulmonary embolism after church officials reportedly delayed taking her to a hospital because they feared doctors would put her in a psychiatric ward.
“The Church was absolutely responsible for her death,” Rathbun told The News Monday. “It was integral for the future of Scientology for that case to be won decisively.”
Next Monday, November 26, in a hearing that will be closed to the public or press, retired state Judge Crockett Farnell will decide what to award Scientology, and Dandar has said he expects that amount to be more than a million dollars.
Dandar had hoped to convince the federal court that his civil rights had been violated by what he characterized as Scientology’s manipulation of the state courts. (The dispute arose because he continued to represent clients against Scientology after signing a 2004 settlement in which, the church claims, he promised never to sue Scientology again. Dandar denies that he signed away his rights to sue the church.)
Dandar told us that although he was unable to prevent the November 26 state hearing from happening, he is going to file an amended complaint in his lawsuit, hoping to convince Judge Hernandez Covington that her ruling was incorrect.
The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
– L. Ron Hubbard, A Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955 (See: The Purpose of a Lawsuit is to Harass)
Note: the publishers of Religion News Blog support freedom of religion. However, we consider the Church of Scientology to be a commercial enterprise that masquerades as a religion.
We consider the Church of Scientology to be a destructive cult — both because it destroys relationships and, in our opinion, is involved in quackery.
We believe Lisa McPherson would have been alive today if she had received proper medical and psychiatric attention.
Here’s how Janet Reitman, author of “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion” [Kindle edition], explains Lisa McPherson’s death: