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The Garcias answer Scientology’s ‘International Justice Chief’ with an affidavit by Mike Rinder

Mike_RinderLast time we checked in on the federal fraud lawsuit brought by Luis and Rocio Garcia against the Church of Scientology, we told you about a rare appearance by the church’s “International Justice Chief,” Mike Ellis.

We explained that the IJC is something of a notorious figure in Scientology because he’s an excommunicated member’s only “terminal” for communicating with the church. And so he handles the requests of kicked-out members as they complain about getting money back that they left on account.

Ellis submitted a declaration claiming that Scientology’s internal justice procedures are legitimate, and that the internal arbitration process it wants the Garcias to undergo (in lieu of the lawsuit) are governed by well-defined rules.

We noted that Ellis’s account seemed weak, and now, a few days later, the Garcias have answered Ellis’s declaration with an affidavit by former church executive Mike Rinder (pictured).

In the document, Rinder says he knows that the arbitration system mentioned in Scientology’s enrollment contracts was a sham because he wrote the contracts. As a Scientology executive overseeing legal affairs, he would have known if the arbitration rules had ever actually been used. But they weren’t, because they were a fiction.

“It simply was not the intent of the Church that the ‘arbitration’ process amount to anything beyond a statement on paper,” Rinder writes.

He goes into more detail, and by the end of it, there’s really nothing left of Ellis’s statements.

Now, it’s up to Judge James D. Whittemore. He’ll decide on Scientology’s insistence that any grievance of the Garcias is an internal, church matter, and to allow the lawsuit to continue would be a violation of Scientology’s rights to religious expression. If he sides with the Garcias, he may make some interesting pronouncements about Scientology’s ‘justice’ rules while he finds that Scientology can be sued for fraudulent behavior without trampling its religious rights. It’s going to be a fascinating decision, and we expect that it will come pretty soon.

Here’s Rinder’s affidavit…

 

Garcia v. Scientology: Mike Rinder Affidavit

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on October 16, 2014 at 07:00

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