Judge accused by former lawyer for Scientologists - 1988-09-20
A former Church of Scientology lawyer Monday accused a federal judge of meeting privately with members of her former law firm and assuring them that if they represented Scientology, she would not remove herself from important Scientology cases.
The assurances, though highly improper, were important to the church, the lawyer said. Scientologists thought that if they could keep U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer, whom they perceived as favorable to them, and get new lawyers who might have sway with her, they could win several lawsuits, the lawyer said.
The charge was made in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by Joseph Yanny, who said he had witnesses to the meeting. The hearing was not specifically on Yanny's charges, but related to other matters in a Scientology suit.