Scientology is hacked off that Luis Garcia and attorney will appear on 'Leah Remini' - 2017-10-07
As we get closer to October 23, when Luis and Rocio Garcia are slated to start their experience as guinea pigs for Scientology's never-before-attempted "internal arbitration" over their fraud claims, the Church of Scientology has responded to the Garcias' latest motion for relief.
If you remember, we told you recently that the Garcias had asked Tampa Federal Judge James Whittemore to require the Scientology arbitrators he had personally selected to submit sworn statements that they had not violated his rules by running to the church to discuss the upcoming arbitration with them. The Garcias also wanted the judge to order that a court reporter record sessions of the arbitration, so that there will be a transcript for the judge to review later.
While we wait for the judge to rule on that motion, Scientology has submitted its response. And no surprise, the church wants the judge to deny those requests on "religious" grounds. Although the judge stepped in and selected the arbitrators, the church still insists that Judge Whittemore can't interfere with the arbitration itself because to do so would violate Scientology's First Amendment rights of religious expression.