Author Topic: Oklahoma: Motion filed to obtain evidence in Narconon Deaths Investigation  (Read 37955 times)

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Looks like Gary Richardson, Esq. is on a roll....

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April 8, 2014
Lawsuit requests evidence in Narconon investigation

By Kandra Wells Editor

McALESTER — A lawsuit filed after three people were found dead at Narconon Arrowhead, asks a state agency to turn over evidence from it’s investigation into the deaths.

Stacy Murphy, 20, of Owasso, Hillary Holten, 21, of Carrollton, Texas, and Gabriel Graves, 32, Kingfisher, all died at Narconon Arrowhead within a 9-month period.

Since July 2012 the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburg County Sheriff, District Attorney Farley Ward and the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services have been investigating the deaths.

And all three families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the Church of Scientology based facility in Canadian.

The latest motion filed Thursday in Pittsburg County Court by the three families against Narconon of Oklahoma d.b.a. Narconon Arrowhead, Narconon International, the Association for Better Living and Education International and Gerald Wootan, DO, asks court to order ODMHSAS and its investigator at the time former ODMHSAS director Kimberly Poff to produce information linked to the investigation.

The lawsuit states the disclosure is necessary for the “protection of a legitimate public interest.”
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http://www.mcalesternews.com/local/x493453854/Lawsuit-requests-evidence-in-Narconon-investigation
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I'm glad to see this. State agencies are hanging on to records that the public should have access to.
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Or in this case, they did next to nothing and are about to get exposed.
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Or in this case, they did next to nothing and are about to get exposed.
Agreed. NEVER trust ANY government agency to actually do what it is legally mandated to do. We ALL know that without the State of Georgia,s DHR having its feet publicly and privately held over a fire did that agency finally act. Fortunately for we here the outcome was positive.

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Or in this case, they did next to nothing and are about to get exposed.
Agreed. NEVER trust ANY government agency to actually do what it is legally mandated to do. We ALL know that without the State of Georgia,s DHR having its feet publicly and privately held over a fire did that agency finally act. Fortunately for we here the outcome was positive.

Positive, but tentative.  Soon the year NNGa surrendered their license for will be up, and they will be allowed to apply for a new one. 

People filing lawsuits against Narconon et. al. need to start including the state agencies who allow them to exist.
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State Investigators Of Narconon Arrowhead Say They Were Wrongfully Fired

http://www.news9.com/story/25286412/investigators-involved-in-narconon-investigation-fire

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State Investigators Of Narconon Arrowhead Say They Were Wrongfully Fired

http://www.news9.com/story/25286412/investigators-involved-in-narconon-investigation-fire

Wish there was more information in the report.  My mind is going wild with speculation!

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"Their termination, in part, relates to the Narconon Investigation."

Family members of those who died at the facility have become increasingly frustrated with a lack of results from the state investigation. But Robert Murphy, whose daughter Stacey died at the facility says Poff was the only one doing any investigating.

"In my opinion, Kim Poff was another victim of the abuses of Narconon Arrowhead and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service not protecting the public," said Murphy.

The EEOC has 180 days to investigate the complaint, before Poff and Delong can file a lawsuit against the state.

A State Department of mental health spokesman said they cannot comment on personnel matters. He says the Department of Mental Health has completed their investigation and turned their findings over to the Attorney General's office.
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Where is the protection for consumers? Hopefully, the EEOC investigation will result in some people going to jail.

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In her deposition, Kimberly Poff claims Narconon Arrowhead should NEVER have been certified by ODMHSAS in the first place, based on her team's findings.

One quote from the deposition, and there's plenty more to unpack:

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Now I will say this, there were additional — this case truly was like no other that had ever taken place in the department. Certainly under my purview. But I can say absolutely had not ever occurred like that before. There were finalized reports. I turned in what I considered to be my final report in September 2012. There were ultimately changes made on that report made by me, I believe around January of 2013, which included an expanded scope that we had never done before. I was primarily involved in Chapter 15, which is consumer abuse, neglect, and mistreatment, as far as the consumer side. And then DMH polices, if they were strictly employee misconduct and sometimes they bleed over. We expanded that to include in these findings Chapter 18, which was the certifications policy. And I had not ever been involved in those types of findings before.


DOX: Sworn testimony that a U.S. state was too afraid to take on the Church of Scientology - The Underground Bunker - Tony Ortega

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What is it about the Church of Scientology that turns law enforcement and other government agencies into quivering cubes of human Jell-O?

How many times have we seen it? In 2009, the FBI launched an investigation of allegations of human trafficking at Scientology’s Sea Org bases. But after gathering reams of evidence from dozens of former Sea Org members, that investigation was dropped in 2010 without explanation. (We have a theory as to why the Justice Department lost its nerve.)

And in 2012, there seemed to be another golden opportunity for the government to take on Scientology. That July, a young woman named Stacy Murphy died at Narconon Arrowhead, Scientology’s drug rehab flagship operation, after the deaths of two other patients — Gabriel Graves and Hillary Holten — in a period of only nine months.

more athttps://tonyortega.org/2017/11/29/dox-sworn-testimony-that-a-us-state-was-too-afraid-to-take-on-the-church-of-scientology/#more-44264v
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Yes, this is an amazing document that reveals so much. Such corruption!! Poor Kim Poff, what they put her through for figuring all this out via research of Narconon's licensing attempts through out it's history in OK

btw, the above url is not hyperlinked correctly there . Here is the link 
https://tonyortega.org/2017/11/29/dox-sworn-testimony-that-a-us-state-was-too-afraid-to-take-on-the-church-of-scientology/#more-44264v
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Oops! Thanks, Mary.
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Kimberly Poff is a hero. Although she paid a price, she can look at herself in the mirror every day. There are some OK officials who can't say that, I imagine. That is, if they care at all.

Kim Poff, finally free to speak: ‘I want this story out. I want people to know what Narconon did.’  Tony Ortega

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We talked to Kimberly Poff yesterday, the former inspector general who recently won a $200,000 settlement which ended several years of litigation with the state of Oklahoma. We’ve been following Kim’s story since she was fired for acting as a whistleblower when she revealed that Oklahoma’s officials were afraid to take on the Church of Scientology. She had recommended that its flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, be shut down following three patient deaths in a nine-month period that culminated with the overdose death of 20-year-old Stacy Murphy in July 2012.

Kim filed a lawsuit against the state’s mental health authority for firing her. In the meantime, she got another job with the state’s Department of Human Services. But DHS also fired her after a news story came out about her whistleblowing, and so she filed a second lawsuit against DHS for that firing.

“The mental health lawsuit lasted for over a year, but we lost,” she points out. The settlement she just received was in relation to the second lawsuit, against DHS, which really had nothing directly to do with her Narconon investigation. “They fired me after finding out about my lawsuit against the other, sister agency."

more at https://tonyortega.org/2018/04/26/kim-poff-finally-free-to-speak-i-want-this-story-out-i-want-people-to-know-what-narconon-did/
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Thanks for posting this here, mefree. What a terrific message Kim Poff is sending out. Sucks to be Narconon staff . May they all quit and join in on speaking the truth about this program and organization

For the benefit anyone needing some background background information on Kim's importance in helping expose Narconon, I'm re-posting what I wrote over at ESMB

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This is a very important article.

The message from Kim Poff, the former Inspector General of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSAS) who investigated Narconon says “It’s a dangerous place. Do not send the people you love there.”

Her warning is now out, and there for the world to see.

Kim was a tremendous help to the victims of Narconon in Oklahoma, particularly victims and loved ones who complained to myself and other Narconon critics about the deaths, abuses and fraud occuring at Narconon in Oklahoma. It was Colin Henderson who reached out to her, who forewarded the complaints to her and gave her whatever information she needed to help get the Arrowhead facility investigated. When she attampted to get the license to operate removed, she was attacked, harassed and then fired.

During her time defending her report, and subsequent lawsuit and later EEOC complaint for being fired, she was stalked by private investigators. Narconon and Scientology went full frontal attack to prevent her from doing her job and speaking out when she was prevented from following through to a completion.

Narconon fought against her being able to testify in the wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of the deceased she fought to bring justice to, and prevent others from going through. Thankfully, attorney Gary Richardson was able to get approved by the judge to do a written deposition, with the contition that her former employer, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSAS), would have rights to review and redact according to it's confidentiality policies.

This deposition transcript was ordered under seal from the public in the Stacy Murphy case, so that any facts could be made known only to the parties about who did what, when. The defendents and ODMHAS fought over the next year with the Murphy family regarding the scope of a protective order on Kim Poff's deposition testimony, and later on key witness testimony. When the judge ruled against Narconon's motions on these, Narconon and ABLE Int knew they was screwed. Settlement talks ensued and the case was dismised shortly there after.

So, despite all their efforts to stop Kim's investigation of Narconon, her efforts to hold them accountable to the dangers of their program never ceased.

http://forum.exscn.net/threads/kim-poff-finally-free-to-speak-%E2%80%98i-want-this-story-out-i-want-people-to-know-what.46377/#post-1167728
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