Garcias file new motion asking judge to reject Scientology's sham arbitration - 2016-12-30

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F347.png Garcias file new motion asking judge to reject Scientology's sham arbitration December 30, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Luis and Rocio Garcia have tried again to convince Tampa Federal Judge James Whittemore that Scientology is making it impossible to resolve their allegations of fraud, and they've filed a new motion asking Judge Whittemore to reopen their lawsuit against the church.

What's different this time is that Luis Garcia has detailed in a new affidavit his Kafkaesque attempts to work within Scientology's rules of internal arbitration, which he says is an impossible task. We don't know if this new material will sway Whittemore (he's disregarded similar requests in the past), but as a document, Luis's affidavit describing what it's like to be caught inside Scientology's bizarre "ethics" rules is a useful addition to the historic record.

The Garcias sued the Church of Scientology in 2013, alleging that they'd been defrauded and lied to when they were pressured to donate hundreds of thousands to various church causes. In one memorable example, the California couple say they were convinced to donate $65,000 to pay for a giant Scientology cross that would go on the top of the new "Super Power Building" in Clearwater, Florida. But the church eventually admitted that it had hit up other wealthy members for the same thing.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Garcias file new motion asking judge to reject Scientology's sham arbitration | url = https://tonyortega.org/2016/12/30/garcias-file-new-motion-asking-judge-to-reject-scientologys-sham-arbitration/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = December 30, 2016 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}