Monique Rathbun is on the clock at the Texas Supreme Court, and more in our legal roundup - 2016-02-24

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F347.png Monique Rathbun is on the clock at the Texas Supreme Court, and more in our legal roundup February 24, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

A sharp-eyed observer pointed out to us that the Texas Supreme Court's docket posted a countdown date for Monique Rathbun to file a response to the Church of Scientology's petition in her harassment lawsuit. That date is set for March 21.

We asked commenter TX Lawyer about that, and he explained that it's an automatic date set after Scientology filed its petition. Monique can filed a response by that date, or, if she doesn't, then the court will decide if it wants her to file one and will formally ask her to. Or, he says, in some cases a party will waive the right to file a response if they feel the appellant has such a weak case the court is not likely to take up the case for consideration.

On Saturday, TX Lawyer told us that he does think the court will find Monique's lawsuit and Scientology's appeal interesting, and will likely want her to file a response. So, for now she's on the clock, but she might wait it out and be asked to submit one.

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{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Monique Rathbun is on the clock at the Texas Supreme Court, and more in our legal roundup | url = https://tonyortega.org/2016/02/24/monique-rathbun-is-on-the-clock-at-the-texas-supreme-court-and-more-in-our-legal-roundup/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = February 24, 2016 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}