RAY JEFFREY 1, SCIENTOLOGY 0: Disqualify Motion Denied in Harassment Lawsuit - 2013-10-01
Ray Jeffrey Comal County Judge Dib Waldrip has denied the Church of Scientology's motion to disqualify Ray Jeffrey, Marc Wiegand, and Elliott Cappuccio, the legal team representing Monique Rathbun in her harassment lawsuit against the church and its leader, David Miscavige.
We expect to get a copy of the order itself a little later this afternoon, but we've confirmed that Judge Waldrip was not swayed by the arguments made by Church of Scientology International lawyer George Spencer, which we witnessed two weeks ago at the county courthouse in New Braunfels, Texas.
Disqualification motions are common in Scientology litigation, but rare otherwise. After an afternoon of argument by the church that Jeffrey and his team were unethical clowns who deserved to be kicked off the case, we heard attorney Marc Wiegand respond when Tampa Bay Times journalist Joe Childs asked him if he'd ever been the subject of a similar motion.