LIVE FROM TAMPA: The Garcia v. Scientology Federal Fraud Lawsuit Mini-Trial! - 2013-10-03
Greetings from Tampa, Florida, where we're on the scene for an unusual and potentially very entertaining evidentiary hearing in a fraud lawsuit that's been derailed by accusations of unethical conduct.
We're anticipating that it will be a fairly grueling day for former Scientologist Brian Culkin as he's probably going to be something of a hostile witness to both sides that want to question him today. And there's a lot at stake — Scientology is asking the court to disqualify Ted Babbitt and Ron Weil, the attorneys for Luis and Rocio Garcia in their lawsuit that accuses the church of fraudulent behavior.
But first, we want to warn readers that we're up against some difficult conditions today which will definitely affect our ability to provide live coverage. According to federal court rules, we can't bring our equipment into the courtroom, and that means we'll be dashing across the street to type up our handwritten notes at every break. That will likely result in long periods of inactivity punctuated by rapid updates, and we know that can be frustrating. But we'll do our best to convey what's happening so that you get a real sense of the action.