The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 15: Jeffrey Riffer - 2020-09-09
In 2011 we spent the month of August counting down a list of the "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." Nine years later, Scientology is still hurting, but church leader David Miscavige learned long ago that paid membership was only one resource that kept him in business. He also relies on a small army of enablers, some paid, some not, who help him stay in business even though they aren't Scientologists themselves. So we thought we'd recognize them with this countdown.
We've been watching Scientology litigation for a long time, and we can tell you that one interesting evolution of it has been the way lawsuits in recent years have targeted not just the church but its leader, David Miscavige, and also the way he has responded.
Finding himself in the legal crosshairs, Miscavige began several years ago to rely more and more on one particular lawyer to carry a lance for him in court documents. We're talking about Los Angeles attorney Jeffrey Riffer, whose splenetic writing on behalf of Miscavige has produced some of the most entertaining court salvos in Scientology litigation in the last decade.