For Scientology on L. Ron Hubbard's birthday: A sworn declaration from Mike Rinder! - 2020-03-13
Earlier this week, we reported on a very well written court brief that was submitted on behalf of Chrissie Bixler and the four other plaintiffs suing Danny Masterson and the Church of Scientology. The document was in opposition to Scientology's attempt to force four of those five plaintiffs — the four who are former Scientologists — into "religious arbitration," thereby sidelining their lawsuit.
That opposition document pointed out, for example, that Scientology doesn't even have "religious arbitration" in its policies, but that it would be using something called a "committee of evidence," which is more like a court-martial.
Luis and Rocio Garcia made this same argument when they were faced with Scientology's attempt to sidetrack their 2013 federal lawsuit into arbitration. They also pointed out that Scientology had never, in its 60-year history, held a "religious arbitration," and they had testimony from former high-ranking official Mike Rinder explaining that the contracts they had signed were a sham and had been invented in order to confound parishioners who wanted refunds. But Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore brushed aside all of those arguments and granted Scientology's motion anyway, forcing the Garcias into arbitration, which they said turned out to be the kangaroo court they were expecting. They're now appealing Whittemore's ruling, and we've been waiting for two years for a ruling from the Eleventh Circuit.