Scientologists convicted of conspiracy charges - 1980-11-27
WASHINGTON -- Two top-ranking members of the Church of Scientology, convicted of charges arising from a conspiracy to steal government documents, say they were prosecuted because they challenged the government.
Jane Kember, 43, and Morris Budlong, 32, extradited from Britain to face trial, said Wednesday they will appeal their conviction for aiding and abetting other church members in the theft of documents from government offices.
A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against the two church officials after deliberating for six hours at the close of a four-week trial. They face up to 15 years in jail on each of nine counts when they are sentenced Dec. 19 by U.S. District Judge Aubrey Robinson.