Days before crucial hearing, Scientology pulls out a ghost to sway a federal judge - 2015-02-13
Federal Tampa district Judge James D. Whittemore has been preparing in a very methodical way ahead of a February 18 evidentiary hearing that could have a huge impact on the Church of Scientology.
He's already held one live hearing on this important preliminary matter, and in anticipation of next week's event, he ordered both sides in the Luis and Rocio Garcia fraud lawsuit against the church to conduct numerous depositions.
We published one deposition transcript, two video segments from another (one, two), and detailed some of the complications about scheduling a third. But there were several others which were scheduled that we haven't had a chance to discuss.
All of the depositions have been completed now, and there was a status hearing held the other day to clear up some matters before next week's big showdown. And then, naturally, Scientology decided to throw a wrench into the works.