Valerie Haney asks judge to reconsider ruling, and has some excellent arguments - 2020-03-07
On January 30, Valerie Haney's lawsuit against the Church of Scientology was stopped in its tracks when Judge Richard Burdge Jr of the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Scientology's motion to force her to take her grievance to "religious arbitration."
It was a shocking development, and we scrambled to learn what Valerie's options were. We learned from a legal expert that she had two choices, and neither of them were very good. She could go through with Scientology's kangaroo court, putting herself in the hands of her abusers as it were, and then appeal the court's decision after the judge accepted the result of the arbitration. Her second option would be to take a chance on petitioning for a writ of mandamus, appealing to a higher court that would have no obligation to hear her matter, and in most cases wouldn't bother.
Now, a little more than a month later, Valerie and her attorney, Bobby Thompson, are trying a third option. They've filed a motion to reconsider with the court, asking Judge Burdge to change his decision, and they're citing some pretty fabulous evidence to support their argument.