What's at stake in Tuesday's San Antonio court hearing with Scientology's former enforcer - 2017-08-24
On Tuesday morning, three attorneys who used to represent Monique and Mark "Marty" Rathbun are scheduled to go into a San Antonio courtroom and argue that the judge (who will be assigned to the case that morning) should order that the Rathbuns sit for sworn depositions and turn over a large number of financial records.
The attorneys — Ray Jeffrey, Marc Wiegand, and Elliott Cappuccio — filed a petition with the court in July, explaining that they had been fired "without cause" by Monique Rathbun in January 2016 while they were representing her in a harassment lawsuit she filed against the Church of Scientology in August 2013. After firing her legal team, Monique handled the lawsuit on her own for a few months before dropping it altogether in May 2016.
Since that time, her husband Marty Rathbun has used his website to attack many of the people who used to be his supporters as he spent years exposing Scientology's abuses. Rathbun also denied that a cash settlement had been worked out with the Church of Scientology to end Monique's lawsuit. (For an overview of Rathbun's interesting arc from chief Scientology enforcer to church rebel and then back to church defender, please see our previous timeline.)