Appeals court: Would deposing Scientology's leader violate Texas law? - 2014-04-09
Nick Rogers called us from Austin with a report of what happened today in the Texas Third Court of Appeals as three justices wrestled with the question of whether Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige should be deposed in Monique Rathbun's harassment lawsuit.
In December, Comal County judge Dib Waldrip ruled that Monique could depose Miscavige about his role in what the Church of Scientology has already admitted to — spending years to surveil her and her husband Marty Rathbun with the use of private investigators and other operatives.
Miscavige's attorneys filed a petition for a writ of mandamus, which is essentially like putting Judge Waldrip himself on trial. In order to overturn Waldrip's order and save himself from a deposition, Miscavige has to prove that Waldrip "abused his discretion" when he ruled.