Blog: Valerie Haney Forced Into an Inherently Corrupt Scientology Arbitration Procedure by the Incognizant Judge Burdge - 2020-01-31
January 30, 2020: Judge Richard "Dick" Burdge Jr. enters Department 37 of the Los Angeles Superior Court. At 70 years of age, he is old, slow, and hulking. Due to his weight and age, he takes the bench with some difficulty. A latecomer to the bench, Burdge was 64 years old when he was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2014 by former California Governor Jerry Brown.
We are here to watch a key proceeding in the case of former Sea Org member Valerie Haney in her lawsuit against Scientology leader David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology. Haney personally worked for David Miscavige and his long-disappeared wife Shelly Miscavige. The Scientology leader does not want Valerie Haney testifying in a public court given what she knows. David Miscavige wants to compel Valerie Haney into a sham Scientology kangaroo court known as an arbitration.
The Church of Scientology's usual pack of lawyers are present and ready to go. Prominent among them is Monique Yingling of the Washington DC firm KMA Zuckert. Yingling has represented Scientology since the 1980's and was one of the chief architects of its infamous 1993 IRS tax exemption. We have long said that Yingling is a barometer of David Miscavige's psyche. Whenever Yingling appears on the scene you can be certain that Scientology leader Miscavige is worried. Miscavige is indeed extremely worried about Valerie Haney and what she could say in open court. Just as he has silenced his wife Shelly, David Miscavige now wants to silence Valerie.