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Raid in Hungary: Scientology’s Cold War tactics are colliding with 21st Century data privacy

[Police outside the Budapest org. Photo: Szabó Gábor]

Yesterday, when we saw news stories pop up briefly announcing that the Budapest Scientology “Ideal Org” was raided by police, we knew just who to turn to. Those stories said that some 50 police officers carried out the raid, but there were virtually no other details. So […]

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Scientology is hacked off that Luis Garcia and attorney will appear on ‘Leah Remini’

[The Garcias and their attorney, Ted Babbitt]

As we get closer to October 23, when Luis and Rocio Garcia are slated to start their experience as guinea pigs for Scientology’s never-before-attempted “internal arbitration” over their fraud claims, the Church of Scientology has responded to the Garcias’ latest motion for relief.

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Federal judge says he has the Scientologists for a justice panel, but Garcias say, ‘not so fast’

  The Garcia litigation is enough to give us whiplash. As Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore pushes hard to get the case submitted to arbitration, it’s now the Garcias’ turn to say, “hold on there, judge.”

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Garcia case update: Has Judge Whittemore managed to fill a Scientology arbitrating panel?

  There are new court filings in the Garcia fraud lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, and two new dates to put on your calendar.

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The Rathbuns hire a lawyer, and Ray Jeffrey answers questions about his legal salvo

[San Antonio attorney Rich Reynolds]

We spoke to Ray Jeffrey yesterday about the petition he filed on July 5 along with Elliott Cappuccio and Marc Wiegand, asking the Bexar County District Court to order that their former clients, Mark “Marty” Rathbun and Monique Rathbun, sit for depositions and turn over financial records.

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RAY JEFFREY TO JUDGE: ORDER RATHBUNS TO TURN OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS AND TESTIFY

[Attorney Ray Jeffrey; Marty and Monique Rathbun]

One of our court watchers in Texas stumbled on a stunning document: On July 5, Monique Rathbun’s former attorneys filed a petition in a San Antonio court, asking for an order to compel their former clients, Monique and Mark “Marty” Rathbun, to submit to depositions and turn over […]

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Images from spy camera show Clearwater bar owner not only target

[Clay Irwin’s house, as captured by the camera]

Clearwater bar owner Clay Irwin has obtained some images from the camera he found aimed at his house recently, and they contained a surprise.

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We have the letter Scientologists are receiving from a federal judge!

[Illustration by Observer]

On Wednesday, we told you that Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore informed the Church of Scientology that arbitration was “imminent” in the Luis and Rocio Garcia case. Now, just a couple of days later, we’re not so sure.

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Federal judge tells Scientology to cool its jets, says arbitration is ‘imminent’

  Well, there goes Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore again, telling off Scientology and leaving no doubt where he stands. If you recall, the last time we visited the Luis and Rocio Garcia fraud lawsuit against the church, Scientology had asked Whittemore to clarify his latest court order. Judge Whittemore, clarify? Did he stutter?

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Federal judge urged to ignore Scientology whining and get on with arbitration disaster

[Luis and Rocio Garcia, and Judge Whittemore]

Luis and Rocio Garcia are more aware than anyone that when Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore begins calling Scientologists to ask for their participation in an arbitration, all hell is likely to break loose.

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