SCIENTOLOGY FILES TO REMOVE GARCIA ATTORNEYS FROM FRAUD LAWSUIT - 2013-05-10
Scientology has a long history of this kind of legal maneuver, and it's not surprising that they would make a motion like this in a case which has not gone their way to this point. (At any moment, we were expecting a ruling from federal Judge James Whittemore about the church's argument that the case go to its internal arbitration and be dismissed from federal court. Whittemore hadn't given away which way he was leaning, but the church may have felt it was about to be denied.)
In its motion, the church says that Garcia's counsel — led by Ted Babbitt — has improperly relied on the help of an attorney who formerly represented the church, Robert Johnson, and two former church executives, Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder.