This article claims that the trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday -
Lakeland, Florida | January 20, 2003 Published Sunday, January 19, 2003
ST. PETERSBURG Lawsuit Against Church Delayed
Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer granted a delay in a 6year-old wrongful-death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. The trial in the highly publicized case had been scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Schaeffer allowed the delay so the church could appeal her earlier ruling that Ken Dandar should not be disqualified as attorney for the estate of Lisa McPherson, the church member who died in 1995 after 17 days in the care of Scientologists in Clearwater.
The church claims Dandar ought to be removed because of professional misconduct.
On Monday, Schaeffer had ruled that the trial will proceed, saying the cause and manner of McPherson's death "is legitimately an issue that needs to be decided by a jury."
McPherson's estate claims she died from severe dehydration after 18 days in the care of the church. The church claims McPherson died from a pulmonary embolism.