On the eve of the big Tampa hearing, the Garcias fire back at Scientology's 'bench memo' - 2015-02-17
Mike Ellis [Photo by Doug Owens] We told you last week that Scientology pulled a bit of a fast one in the Garcia federal fraud lawsuit, submitting a substantial "bench memorandum" with just days to go before tomorrow's big evidentiary hearing.
There's so much at stake in this hearing, which will decide if Scientology can force the Garcias into its internal arbitration scheme, we pointed out that Scientology was willing to pull out attorney Sherman Lenske from the shadows to sit for a deposition.
Yesterday, the Garcia team responded with its own bench memo, which we think makes the issues in this case pretty clear. Written by attorney Amanda McGovern, it argues that Scientology's problem is still that it doesn't really have proper arbitration rules, even as it wants the Garcias to be forced into them.