The Lisa McPherson Clause:

Scientology Moving to Secure Its 'Right' to Kill Again

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Lisa clause or Lisa McPherson clause: an adhesion clause to insulate one party from all damages, including personal injury or death, from known and unknown conduct of commission or omission of the party so released. An "adhesion clause" is a recognized legal term which means "take it or leave it", i.e., that the party signing the agreement has no bargaining power and therefore no alternative but to include the clause in the agreement.

A new Scientology release form has surfaced that gives the cult the right to hold its members in isolation indefinitely, and absolves it of any responsibility for a member's injury or death as a result -- the "Lisa McPherson clause". (Thanks to Scientology PR spokesperson Linda Simmons Hight for confirming the document's authenticity to Fox News.)

Further Reading: Room 174: the death of Lisa McPherson Documents concerning the wrongful death suit Files from the Clearwater Police Department criminal investigation Documents concerning the criminal case
Clearwater Police CD-ROM Collection of evidence from the criminal case
The New York Times December 1, 1997. Doug Frantz. Front page, above the fold, color photos.
Network TV CBS' Bryant Gumbel, NBC's Tom Brokaw, and others on the McPherson case
Photo Gallery Photographs of Lisa McPherson's life; two with her mom, Fanny
Lisa's Last Days "Overt/withhold" writeups (cult jargon) show the extent of Lisa's distress
Lisa's Autopsy Photos Bruising and cockroach bites. Not for the faint of heart, especially set 2 Occupied Clearwater: Scientology's headquarters and the site of Lisa's death General information about Lisa McPherson Law firm handling the wrongful death case
Scientology: Hardball St. Petersburg Times article on Scientology's brutal litigation tactics
Le Secticide French page on Lisa McPherson and Scientology (in French)

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Confidentiality of Files

Scientology has been forced to hand over Lisa McPherson's PC (preclear) folders and other records relating to her counseling and care. (PC folders also played a role in an earlier case involving Lawrence Wollersheim.) Scientology really doesn't like that, although they have no qualms about using the material in these folders to attack or blackmail former members. The release form below is designed to make it harder for an ex-member (or their estate) to obtain access to PC folders even if they are later attacked by and forced to sue the church -- or killed by the church, leaving their estate to sue.

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Dave Touretzky
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