APPEAL BRIEF: Scientology argues that our coverage of them legitimates their spying - 2014-06-12

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F347.png APPEAL BRIEF: Scientology argues that our coverage of them legitimates their spying June 12, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Monique Rathbun Here's a shocker: For the first time, Scientology, in its legal briefs, is referring positively to our coverage of the church's activities, and get this, the church argues that the attention we paid to its notorious "Squirrel Busters" goon squad in 2011 is evidence that should harm Monique Rathbun's harassment lawsuit.

That's just one of the surprises in the 111-page brief filed by the Church of Scientology International yesterday to the Texas Third Court of Appeals. In March, Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip denied Scientology's "anti-SLAPP" motion, which had tried to portray Monique as a bully for filing a lawsuit against the church, arguing that Scientology had merely exercised its free speech rights when it spent four years following Monique and her husband, former top Scientology official Marty Rathbun.

Judge Waldrip didn't buy that argument, and denied the motion in a 25-page order in March. At the time, Monique's attorney Ray Jeffrey said it was very unusual for a state court judge to produce such a thorough order — Waldrip must have known that the decision would be appealed.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = APPEAL BRIEF: Scientology argues that our coverage of them legitimates their spying | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/06/12/appeal-brief-scientology-argues-that-our-coverage-of-them-legitimates-their-spying/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = June 12, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}