November 25, 2008

Ahhh, space heaven...

The Los Angeles Times has uncovered an old mug shot of Mario Majorski, the brave samurai who died valiantly trying to protect Hollywood from Scientology the other day. They've also included some new details about his life:

Majorski was a church of Scientology member in good standing in 1993 when he and a classmate sued a psychiatry professor and UCLA.

The professor, Louis West, was an expert on brainwashing and an outspoken critic of Scientology, which he dismissed as a "pyramid scheme."

Suits filed in state and federal court accused West of activities, including speaking to anti-cult groups, that transgressed the separation of church and state and interfered with Majorski's practice of religion. Both suits were dismissed, and court records indicate that Majorski's role was largely limited to providing his name as a plaintiff.

Public records show a recent history of confrontation in both states. On Nov. 2, Majorski was arrested at a Mormon church service in Florence, Ore., the coastal town where he lived. A Florence police spokeswoman told the Associated Press that he was "cursing and moving around a lot" and was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Less than a month ago, he was arrested in Florence for swinging an ax at an Auto Club employee who was bringing him gas for his car. Majorski threatened to shoot police who went to his home to investigate, according to a police report. He pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct.

Reached for comment, a spokesman expressed condolences for the victim's family on behalf of the Scientology Centre. "It's a senseless tragedy," the spokesman said, "if he'd only paid us a few thousand more dollars, he'd be in heaven right now. Space heaven."

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