Search of Scientology Church Offices By FBI Here Ruled Unconstitutional - 1979-08-25

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F43.png Search of Scientology Church Offices By FBI Here Ruled Unconstitutional August 25, 1979, Timothy S. Robinson, Washington Post

U.S. District Chief Judge William B. Bryant ruled late yesterday that an FBI search of the Washington offices of the Church of Scientology two years ago was unconstitutional because it amounted to a "general exploratory seizure" of documents.

However, Bryant's ruling -- the second time he has found the Washington raid unconstitutional -- is unlikely to have any direct effect on a pending criminal case against 11 Scientology officials and agents who are accused of conspiring to plant spies in government agencies, break into government offices, steal official documents and bug government meetings.

That trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 24 here before U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey.


{{cite news | author = Timothy S. Robinson | title = Search of Scientology Church Offices By FBI Here Ruled Unconstitutional | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1979/08/25/search-of-scientology-church-offices-by-fbi-here-ruled-unconstitutional/61356d9f-9d55-46fa-b003-f780961a9923/?utm_term=.52afd6ba12a0 | work = Washington Post | date = August 25, 1979 | accessdate = February 18, 2017 }}