Scientology Bid for Papers Denied - 1978-04-29

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F43.png Scientology Bid for Papers Denied April 29, 1978, Timothy S. Robinson, Washington Post

A federal judge ruled here yesterday that a Washington Post reporter could not be forced to turn over to the court materials relating to a Post article published yesterday concerning the Church of Scientology.

U.S. District Judge John H. Pratt said the request, made by attorney Phillip J. Hirshkop for the church, was a "clear violation" of the First Amendment and that a subpoena for the reporter's material would not be enforced.

The reporter, Ron Shaffer, wrote in yesterday's Post that documents seized by the FBI in a raid on the church's headquarters revealed an elaborate campaign by the church to attack and discredit its enemies.


{{cite news | author = Timothy S. Robinson | title = Scientology Bid for Papers Denied | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1978/04/29/scientology-bid-for-papers-denied/078993cd-78d2-43d2-b3d5-a733e143eb2e/ | work = Washington Post | date = April 29, 1978 | accessdate = February 18, 2017 }}