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Fishman affidavit

The Fishman affidavit is a court document relating to the case of Steven Fishman[?] versus the Church of Scientology. Steven Fishman was brought before a United States court due to several crimes he had committed. He told the court that the crimes were performed on behalf of the Church. He also attested that he was assigned to murder someone, or commit suicide upon failure. He blamed the church for his crimes.

As evidence, Fishman submitted the course materials he had purchased from the Church of Scientology. The Church charges its members an extremely high price for these materials, and considers them to be copyrighted and a trade secret. However, under United States law, these materials as part of the court document are considered public domain. They may be borrowed from the court library, or copied for a nominal fee. Although the Church of Scientology attempted to prevent others from receiving the document by continuously borrowing it, a copy was eventually purchased, scanned, and posted on the Internet.

External Links Karin Spaink - The Fishman Affidavit: contents (http://www.xs4all.nl/~kspaink/fishman/home)



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