A Lawyer Learns What It's Like to Fight the Church - 1990-06-29

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F47.png A Lawyer Learns What It's Like to Fight the Church June 29, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times

Since the litigation began, Yanny says, he and his friends have been the target of harassment.

He says that his Century City law firm was burglarized four times and that Scientology-related documents turned up missing; that he has been spied upon by a church "plant" working as a secretary in his office; and that private investigators have camped outside his Hermosa Beach residence and shadowed him when he left.

Jon J. Gaw, a Riverside-area private investigator who has handled a number of Scientology-related probes in recent years, said in a deposition that he used as many as "seven or eight" investigators to conduct surveillance of Yanny between June, 1988 and March, 1989. Two of his operatives took up residence on a nearby street, Gaw said, and tailed Yanny whenever he ventured outside.


{{cite news | first = Robert W. | last = Welkos | author2 = Joel Sappell | title = A Lawyer Learns What It's Like to Fight the Church | url = http://articles.latimes.com/1990-06-29/news/mn-705_1_joseph-yanny | work = Los Angeles Times | date = June 29, 1990 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}