Scientology Minister Jailed for His Silence - 1977-07-30
The first Church of Scientology minister to undergo extensive questioning by a faderal grand jury probing the church's activities was sent to jail for an indefinite period by a federal judge yesterday after he refused to answer questions before the jury.
U.S. District Chief Judge William B. Bryant took the action after three separate hearings in which the minister, Alfred Maren, of California, had been told by the judge that his reasons for refusing to answer questions before the panel were invalid.
Maren could remain in jail until he decides to answer the question, or until the end of the term of the grand jury that is hearing evidence concerning the scientologists. The grand jury's expiration date is next April.