Harsh Penalties Urged In Scientology Case - 1979-12-04
Federal prosecutors yesterday urged a U.S. District judge to impose maximum criminal penalties on members of the Church of Scientology for their roles in a massive conspiracy to infiltrate and burglarize government offices.
In a 70-page, harshly worded memorandum, the prosecutors contend that the defendants "brazen and persistent" acts against the government were only a "mirror aspect" of wider activities that included smear campaigns, spying and theft directed at public and private individuals critical of the church.
"No building, office desk, or file was safe from their snooping and prying. No individual or organization was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds," the government said in the memorandum filed with the court.