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Offline Damian DeWitt

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God Discussion has announced on its page for its weekly blogtalk radio show that attorney Luke Lirot will be speaking on the Kyle Brennan wrongful death lawsuit on the show on Thursday, February 16. He has just filed an appeal to Judge Stephen Merryday's order granting the cult defendants' motion for summary judgment.

The show starts off at 6:00 pm Pacific/9:00 pm Eastern with Vanity Fair editor Cullen Murphy speaking about his new book on the Inquisition. At 7:00 pm/10:00 pm atheist Staise Gonzalez talks about her protest against a Nigerian exorcist touring the US.

Luke will speak at 7:30 pm/10:30 pm. It will be exactly five years since the night of Kyle's death in 2007.

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A collection of documents relating to the case are found here. The text of the appeal will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Here's the program description:

Bottom of the 2nd Hour – Attorney Luke Lirot, The Estate of Kyle Thomas Brennan v. The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.

February 16 will mark the 5thanniversary of Kyle Thomas Brennan’s death. Luke Lirot is the attorney for Victoria Britton, Kyle’s mother and executor of his estate. Kyle was a 20-year-old Catholic college student from Charlottesville, VA (see memorial site). He was visiting his Scientologist father Tom Brennan in Clearwater, FL when he died.

Lirot has just filed an appeal in the Estate’s wrongful-death suit, which names as defendants Tom Brennan, his Scientology "auditor" Denise Gentile (the twin sister of Scientology leader David Miscavige), her husband Jerry Gentile and Flag Service Organization, which runs the Church’s operation in Clearwater.

Kyle was taking Lexapro for depression and social anxiety and was an adamant critic of his father’s Scientology beliefs. The wrongful death suit centers on Scientology’s views on psychiatry and medication and alleges that the day before his death Tom took Kyle’s Lexapro and locked it in his vehicle.

Kyle was shot in the head with a bullet from Tom’s Magnum 357. There are some disturbing factual allegations surrounding this case that we will discuss on the show. If the appeal is granted the case will begin de novo with the possibility that new evidence and new depositions will be permitted, depending on the court's rulings.

Luke Lirot received his law degree from the University of San Francisco and practices in Clearwater. He is a past president of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. He has gained prominence over many years for his success in First Amendment cases and particularly for his victorious defense of adult entertainment rights in /Voyeur Dorm v. City of Tampa, FL.

The show airs live on BlogTalkRadio (you can hear it via your computer) at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern. We cover news for the first 10-15 minutes and then join the guests. Calls are welcome and encouraged and as always, our web-based chatroom will be open during the live show and we'll follow your questions/comments as best we can.

If you miss the show, you can listen to an MP3 download via Blog Talk Radio or iTunes (see the Blog Talk Radio widget on the bottom of this and every page on The link for the February 16 show is here.

San Francisco anons are raiding in honor of Kyle on Friday, February 17, from 2:00 pm until dark with special Kyle Kaek.

Edit: fixed links.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2012, 17:36 by ethercat »

Offline mefree

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You must be a mind-reader. I was just about to post about this. Thanks!
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Offline Damian DeWitt

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You must be a mind-reader. I was just about to post about this. Thanks!

You are welcome. The fundamental story of Kyle's death has been so obfuscated in the smog of litigation it will be wonderful to hear Luke Lirot speak about the case for the first time.

Now that the appeal has been filed Victoria Britton will soon be free to speak also. Every mother in America needs to hear her story.

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Thanks for posting, Damian, and good to see you again.  This sounds like an interesting show to listen to. 

I fixed your links - hope you don't mind the edit. 
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Offline Damian DeWitt

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Thanks for fixing the links.

The text of the appeal about which Luke will be talking has now been posted in the collection Scientology Lawsuits: Kyle Brennan

Kyle Brennan Scientology Case: Appellant's Corrected Initial Brief 16 February 2012