Garcias Answer Scientology's Attempt to Disqualify Their Attorneys in Fraud Lawsuit - 2013-05-28
Ronald Weil Two weeks ago, the Church of Scientology pulled a classic maneuver from its bag of litigation tricks. Using the declaration of ex-church member Brian Culkin — who had signed the document reportedly in order to obtain a large refund — Scientology attempted to get the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia disqualified in their federal fraud lawsuit against the church.
Tonight, the Garcias answered back with a coldly logical and narrowly focused briefing, which we've posted below.
As our legal analyst Scott Pilutik explained to us earlier, the church's best argument for disqualifying Ted Babbitt and Ronald P. Weil — the principal attorneys representing the Garcias — was to point out that another attorney, Robert Johnson, has been helping out the Garcia team even though he used to do work for the Church of Scientology itself. This was an ethical breach, the church argued, and should get Babbitt and Weil bounced from the case.