FBI Raid on L.A. Scientologists Upheld - 1978-07-06
A federal judge upheld yesterday a massive FBI search of two large Church of Scientology headquarters buildings in Los Angeles last July 8, claiming it was "reasonable and properly limited" although directed at a religious organization.
If upheld on appeal, the ruling clears the way for federal prosecutors to present documents seized in the Los Angeles raid to a federal grand jury in Washington. That jury is investigating alleged criminal activities by members of the church's hierarchy.
U.S. District Judge Malcolm Lucas delayed the effectiveness of his order for 24 hours to give church attorneys time to seek immediate action by the U.S. Court of Appeals that could block further use of the documents in the federal investigation.