Scientology petitions California Supreme Court over disqualified judge in forced-abortion case - 2016-08-30
When we came out of the courtroom in Los Angeles in April, we talked to Laura DeCrescenzo's attorney, John Blumberg, about the motion for summary judgment that the Church of Scientology had filed in Laura's forced-abortion lawsuit that has been dragging on for seven years now.
Scientology had lost that day as the motion was denied by Judge John P. Doyle, clearing the way for Laura finally to get a trial, perhaps in a year's time. But Scientology rarely gives up without an appeal. When we asked Blumberg if he thought the church would petition the motion's denial to the state appeals court, he told us that he not only expected that Scientology would appeal, but that the motion looked to him like something that had been written with the US Supreme Court in mind.
He may be right about that. After the state appellate court refused to overturn Judge Doyle's decision, the Church of Scientology has now petitioned California's State Supreme Court, asking it to take a fresh look at Judge Doyle's decision. The US Supreme Court may be next — and it wouldn't be the first time in this lawsuit.