9 Scientologists Plead Innocent - 1978-08-30

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F43.png 9 Scientologists Plead Innocent August 30, 1978, Ron Shaffer, Washington Post

Nine members of the Church of Scientology pleaded innocent yesterday to charges of conspiring to steal from the government, and at the same time, lawyers for some of them asked the judge assigned to the case to withdraw.

Leonard B. Boudin, attorney for Church of Scientology matriarch Mary Sue Hubbard, accused the government of improper conduct in the judge selection process, and later attorney Philip J. Hirshkop, who represents two other officials of the church, said prosecutors had "shopped" around the court to get a judge sympathetic to the government.

Judge George L. Hart, who heard the Scientologist's pleas at their arraignment in U.S. District Court, referred their requests for a new judge to his colleagues responsible for such matters.


{{cite news | author = Ron Shaffer | title = 9 Scientologists Plead Innocent | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1978/08/30/9-scientologists-plead-innocent/68037770-8d64-437d-a805-371644ad8e9f/ | work = Washington Post | date = August 30, 1978 | accessdate = February 17, 2017 }}