Scientologists Ask Judge Richey to Disqualify Himself - 1980-06-28

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F43.png Scientologists Ask Judge Richey to Disqualify Himself June 28, 1980, Laura A. Kiernan, Washington Post

Two high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology, in a last minute legal maneuver before their July 7 criminal trial, have asked U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Richey to remove himself from the case, charging that he is biased against them.

One of the defendants, Morrison J. Budlong, said in a sworn statement that he had reviewed tape recorded statements from a duputy U.S. marshal and from Richey's former court reporter, that the church contends, supports their claim that Richey is biased.

The Scientologists based those claims on alleged statements made by the marshal and the court reporter indicating that Richey was afraid of the Scientologits and thought they were trying to discredit him.The judge wanted to handle the case, they contend, because it would attract considerable publicity.


{{cite news | author = Laura A. Kiernan | title = Scientologists Ask Judge Richey to Disqualify Himself | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1980/06/28/scientologists-ask-judge-richey-to-disqualify-himself/ec0b3eab-e75a-4709-b4cb-06a8807ce6dc/ | work = Washington Post | date = June 28, 1980 | accessdate = February 18, 2017 }}