The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 19: Wally Pope - 2020-08-27
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.
You must have known we'd be getting around to some Scientology legal types in this countdown at some point. Where would Scientology be, after all, without its small army of highly paid hired guns who clog up courts with mountains of paperwork and file nutty motions on behalf of David Miscavige to delay and derail any hope of justice for Scientology's victims?
We're sure you can think of a few of those legal mercenaries including some real hot-heads, but we want to make sure that mild-mannered F. Wallace Pope, Jr. of Tampa-based Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP, is not overlooked.