I will never forget the terrible humiliation of my arraignment on May 19th (when I pleaded not guilty), and of standing in that big courtroom with all those criminals, and then being marched downstairs past prisoners to be mug shotted, fingerprinted and arrested. (But the arrest was still better than I feared, because for the entire two previous months, I had been petrified every time I went down to my lobby that I might be arrested there in front of other tenants -- which would be especially humiliating after that embarrassing smear letter.)
I will also never forget how sick I felt when I opened up the envelope containing my indictment: "The United States of America vs. Paulette Marcia Cooper." My thought was "200 million people against me?" And I was sick when I thought of how hard I had worked when young to become an American citizen,[[*]] and how much it had always meant to me, only to have my government turn against an innocent person.
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