Pat Anderson, attorney for
Robert and Mary Schindler, is well-acquainted with
Scientology and their trademark litigation practices.
Ms Anderson had a central role in the high-profile Lisa
McPherson case. Lisa, a Scientologist, became severely
dehydrated and died of thrombo-embolism (blood clot) of her
left pulmonary artery while being held against her will at
the Fort Harrison Hotel.
Pat Anderson held the key position of representing the
person who would ultimately make or break the prosecution's case
against Scientology — Dr. Joan Wood.
Pat Anderson e-mailed me on July 24, 2004 (the day after this article was published to the internet) to inform me of her involvement with Dr. Wood:
At the time I represented
Dr. Wood, there was no Lisa McPherson case. Before the prosecutor filed any charges, the Church
take a pro-active stand and made a public records demand
for the physical evidence in Dr. Wood's possession
relating to McPherson's death. Dr. Wood refused to give them the evidence. The Church filed a public records
lawsuit against her, seeking a court order requiring her to turn over the evidence. I defended
her in that lawsuit. Dr. Wood won. The case ended.
That is the sum total of my connection to the McPherson
Even though Ms Anderson was not directly involved with the
prosecution's case against Scientology, she did represent
Dr. Joan Wood against Scientology in a crucial preliminary case. Scientology,
who claimed that Dr. Wood lied about the evidence regarding
the autopsy, sued Dr. Wood for the records.
Ms Anderson said Dr. Wood
won, but Scientology was quite happy with the records that
were released. Scientology attorney Morris Weinberg
called it a total vindication:
"``It is a total
vindication for not only the church's position but for all
those members of the public that will now get the true
can see some, not all, evidence)
Weinberg's use of the word
"vindication" suggests that Scientology got what they needed to plan their strategy against Dr. Wood:
Circuit Judge Bob Barker
ruled that the church, as well as the public, is entitled
to drafts and notes taken during the autopsy, the autopsy
report, lab reports that document McPherson's hydration,
the length of her unconsciousness, the cause of death,
the cause of blood clotting, the appearance and cause of
the insect bites, photographs of the bites, material
pertaining to consistency of ``chronic process,''
photocopies of certain slides and certain lab reports
regarding physical specimens.
can see some, not all, evidence)
Long before Bernie McCabe
filed felony charges against them, Scientology, was aware of Dr. Wood's findings. They
had plenty of time to develop a plan to fair game Dr.
Wood into changing the cause of death from
"accidental" which in turn prompted Bernie McCabe
to drop the charges altogether.
This case, in which Scientology was charged with the abuse
and or/neglect of a disabled adult and the illegal practice
of medicine, did have a favorable outcome for Scientology due to
Dr. Joan Wood's decision to change the cause of death
on the autopsy report.
report of autopsy found that the cause of Lisa
McPherson's death, of which severe dehydration played
a major role, was "undetermined." This finding was
not acceptable to Scientology, and they waged a fierce
battle to change Dr. Wood's finding to suit their
agenda. They succeeded.
Under pressure from
experts hired by the Church of Scientology, Wood quietly
her autopsy report on Feb. 16. The
manner of McPherson's death was changed
from "undetermined" to "accident."
Wood also removed one cause of death ("bed rest and
severe dehydration") and added a
new significant condition ("psychosis and
history of auto accident.")
(Quote source: A
Cry For Justice)
Bernie McCabe used Dr.
Wood's reversal as an excuse to drop all charges against
Scientology. He even chose a Scientology high day (June
12, 2000) to do it!
Pat Anderson began
representing the Schindlers in Terri's guardianship case
the following year, shortly before Terri's feeding was
stopped the first time. Ms Anderson calls the completely irregular
Terri's case has been handled, "the rule of Terri's
case." She is not unaware of Scientology's control
of this case.
Wesley J. Smith
quoted Pat as saying:
"If following a
legal procedure will likely result in Terri dying, it will
be adhered to. But if a procedure could make that outcome
more difficult to attain, it will not be followed."
Rule of Terri's Case Strikes Again)
The problem with this
statement is that legal procedures will not result in the
death of Terri Schiavo. That is why the Scientology-run Circuit Court 6 has
been using illegal procedures (and
an llegal judge) all these years.
Pat Anderson has been
involved in two high-profile Scientology cases involving dehydration:
the Lisa McPherson case and the Terri Schindler
McPherson and Terri Schiavo: Same Crimes
While Scientology's role was overt in the
Lisa McPherson case and partially covert in the Terri
Schiavo case, the main criminal issues are the
abuse and/or neglect of a
practice of medicine without a
It is no coincidence that the same crimes for which
Scientology was indicted in the Lisa McPherson case —
abuse and neglect of a disabled adult and the illegal
practice of medicine — are being repeated against Terri
Judge Greer permits Michael Schiavo to abuse and neglect
Terri as well as practice medicine without a license. It is
Michael Schiavo, not Terri's doctor, who makes all the
decisions regarding her medical care. It is Michael, not a
medical doctor, who has practiced outlaw medicine and
denied Terri antibiotics, dental care, gynecological care,
physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy; social interaction, fresh air, etc.)
Settle Wrongful Death Suit. Also see: The
Life and Death of a Scientologist more media