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(USA Today)   Guy fails at using scientology as a justified defense in his murder trial. Guess his thetans weren't high enough   (usatoday.com) divider line
    More: Dumbass, Murder, Kenneth Wayne Thompson, Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Thompson's attorneys, lens of his Scientology beliefs, highway trooper, Man's defense  
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2019-02-21 10:01:29 PM  
"A highway trooper parked along the side of the highway looking for speeders sensed something odd about Thompson as he drove past and followed him long enough to find an excuse to pull Thompson over."

/ Standing by for the outrage that surely is coming.
 
2019-02-21 10:01:52 PM  
A highway trooper parked along the side of the highway looking for speeders sensed something odd about Thompson as he drove past and followed him long enough to find an excuse to pull Thompson over.

His Porky-sense was tingling.
 
2019-02-21 10:02:07 PM  
Rat-brain Man-Animal!
 
2019-02-21 10:02:09 PM  
Scientology: A terrible, vindictive cult that uses literal hypnosis to induce feelings of unjustified superiority to extract money from its followers.
 
2019-02-21 10:03:53 PM  
I'm sure the court was filled with suppressive persons.
 
2019-02-21 10:05:52 PM  
"Inside the car, the trooper found a hatchet covered with blood and the long hair of one of the victims. "

I'm torn between thinking that's enough internet for the day, and thinking that's just shoddy cleaning..
 
2019-02-21 10:09:53 PM  
"There is no connection between Scientology beliefs and practices and any act taken by Kenneth Thompson at issue in the case," the statement read. "Nothing he did could be more opposed to our moral code."

means

"The defendant was driven insane by our abhorrent teachings, but it's not our fault he acted on them. As long as we use the phrase 'we don't teach that', our stochastic terrorism is perfectly legal."
 
2019-02-21 10:11:27 PM  
Tom Cruise is a great actor.
 
2019-02-21 10:14:34 PM  
Should have gotten legal advice from Lisa McPherson's murderers.

/fark scientology
 
2019-02-21 10:14:46 PM  
That little clam is going to get BAKED
 
2019-02-21 10:14:56 PM  
"He invoked the name of Tom Cruise...." If I say his name 3x in the mirror will he appear?
 
2019-02-21 10:17:58 PM  
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2019-02-21 10:23:44 PM  
"I had to kill these people because they were taking their child to a psychologist, and damaging his soul, according to Scientology!"
Result: Conviction

"I had to kill these people because they were exposing their child to homosexuals, and damaging his soul, according to Christianity!"
Result: Dismissal, with the apologies of the court
 
2019-02-21 10:37:50 PM  
I bet the good folks at MindHead are thrilled
 
2019-02-21 10:39:26 PM  

Alwysadydrmr: "He invoked the name of Tom Cruise...." If I say his name 3x in the mirror will he appear?


Yes, and he'll jump on your couch so don't do it.

Hey subs, Scientology is for getting rid of thetans.

Narrator: You don't have any, they don't exist. But Scientology will convince you that you do and help you get rid of all the thetans you can afford to.
 
2019-02-21 10:45:29 PM  
Who? What? Why?
 
2019-02-21 10:47:11 PM  

Fabric_Man: "I had to kill these people because they were taking their child to a psychologist, and damaging his soul, according to Scientology!"
Result: Conviction

"I had to kill these people because they were exposing their child to homosexuals, and damaging his soul, according to Christianity!"
Result: Dismissal, with the apologies of the court


Difficulty: The countries that would excuse the murder of homosexuals for religious reasons? They aren't that keen on Christians either. The US would lock up your hypothetical Christian warrior and push for the death penalty.

Try another whataboutism defense. I'm sure you have several prepared.
 
2019-02-21 11:20:23 PM  
"(Scientologists) think psychology is evil and a scam,"

Betchya he' s a Republican, the projection is that obvious.
 
2019-02-21 11:27:13 PM  
Should have gone for the "insanity" defense more directly.

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury - the defendant believes his problems are caused by the spirits of invisible dead space aliens being stuck to his body."

"Defense rests"
/And yells at its thetans.
 
2019-02-21 11:33:31 PM  

DRTFA: "A highway trooper parked along the side of the highway looking for speeders sensed something odd about Thompson as he drove past and followed him long enough to find an excuse to pull Thompson over."

/ Standing by for the outrage that surely is coming.


If the reason that he pulled him over was frivolous enough would that have excluded the evidence found in the car? Just because this trooper hit the lottery once doesn't make it good practice or legal to operate on spidey-sense. This guy wasn't targeting any more victims and would have been tied to the crime via other crap within 24 hours.
 
2019-02-21 11:43:24 PM  
That should do wonders for the Church.
 
2019-02-21 11:52:36 PM  
Geez, who were his lawyers?  The Westboro Baptist Church family?
Scientology and WBC really do need to get in a cage match.
That time has come.
 
2019-02-22 01:12:54 AM  
 So a religious zealot kills an innocent couple so he can kidnap two children that are being well taken care of because HIS religion doesn't subscribe a couple of things they do? Beliefs are not law to anyone other than him and people that belong to the religion.

These RZ's are more than happy to dole out their religions punishments on people that don't even subscribe to their religion. The religious are becomming more unstable by the day.
 
2019-02-22 01:19:06 AM  

Fabric_Man: "I had to kill these people because they were taking their child to a psychologist, and damaging his soul, according to Scientology!"
Result: Conviction

"I had to kill these people because they were exposing their child to homosexuals, and damaging his soul, according to Christianity!"
Result: Dismissal, with the apologies of the court


Do you have some cases to cite? Or is it just some crap you made up?
 
2019-02-22 04:41:17 AM  
To be fair to his legal team, we don't know that the defense has failed.  He's eligible for the death penalty.  This defense was about mitigating punishment, not getting an acquittal, and his punishment hasn't yet been determined.
 
2019-02-22 05:56:08 AM  
What is it about America that makes people ripe for cults?
 
2019-02-22 06:50:28 AM  
Oh, his thetans were high, all right.
 
2019-02-22 06:57:45 AM  

Astorix: What is it about America that makes people ripe for cults?


No idea about just America, but I've noticed there's a trend among cult folks that they really, REALLY like the idea that the universe has its own plot narrative just for them. Lots of scientific information out there, but it's a bit droll to research and learn and makes you realize how small and insignificant you may be on the cosmic scale?

Nah, they walk right away from that. Instead, they get "secret knowledge" about how either X or Y event/idea is actually false or fabricated or whatever BS they're pushing. They get to feel special that they're one of the lucky ones who has Hubbo's teachings/the 'one and only true word' of God/the secret to why vaccines are evil/the truth the world is flat/moon landing was a fake, etc. Cults draw on the same self of making people who believe them think they're somehow overly self-important for 'figuring it out', by which everyone else looks at it and sees that they're buying into delirium.
 
2019-02-22 06:59:51 AM  
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2019-02-22 07:18:45 AM  

DRTFA: "A highway trooper parked along the side of the highway looking for speeders sensed something odd about Thompson as he drove past and followed him long enough to find an excuse to pull Thompson over."

/ Standing by for the outrage that surely is coming.


Not from me.  My old Crim Law professor said you needed a system like the 4th Amendment that protected the populace from random police searches, but also allowed for the instincts of the trained policeman.

/the case we studied, the suspect had no visible bulges, etc, but the veteran cop KNEW he had a gun
//could tell by the way he walked
 
2019-02-22 07:58:26 AM  

DRTFA: "A highway trooper parked along the side of the highway looking for speeders sensed something odd about Thompson as he drove past and followed him long enough to find an excuse to pull Thompson over."

/ Standing by for the outrage that surely is coming.


For a pull over?  Nope.  I've been in plenty of "got pulled over because the cop wondered wtf this weirdo is up to" situations.  As long as it's a polite stop to simply ascertain if you're up to trouble or not, nae problemo.  Annoying, yes - but necessary.  The outrage starts bubbling up in me when that turns into, "Well, I can't find anything wrong, but fark it let's trump up reasons, plant shiat, kick the fark out of people, and/or end up shooting."   THAT'S when you'll get your outrage.
 
2019-02-22 08:58:35 AM  

Fabric_Man: "I had to kill these people because they were taking their child to a psychologist, and damaging his soul, according to Scientology!"
Result: Conviction

"I had to kill these people because they were exposing their child to homosexuals, and damaging his soul, according to Christianity!"
Result: Dismissal, with the apologies of the court


[citation needed]
 
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