Convictions of 9 Scientologists in Plotting Thefts Are Upheld - 1981-10-03
The U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the convictions of nine members of the Church of Scientology found guilty in 1979 of participating in a massive criminal conspiracy to plant spies and conduct break-ins and thefts at government offices.
All nine church members, including five once high-ranking members, were sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey. They have been free on bond pending appeals.
In a separate opinion yesterday, the appeals court also reversed a 1979 decision by then chief judge William B. Bryant and upheld a 1977 search of Scientology offices in Washington in which two cartons of documents were seized by law enforcement officials.