Why Scientology's petition to the Texas Supreme Court mentions a dildo, and other surprises - 2016-02-20

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F347.png Why Scientology's petition to the Texas Supreme Court mentions a dildo, and other surprises February 20, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

(El Cinco Supremo: Dave Lubow, Steve Sloat, Ed Bryan, Monty Drake, and CSI)

As our experts predicted, Scientology's attorneys met their deadline yesterday and petitioned the Texas Supreme Court in an attempt to have an appellate decision reconsidered in Monique Rathbun's harassment lawsuit against the church, even after the case has been put into some question since Monique fired her own set of attorneys three weeks ago and is without counsel.

In the filing, which we have for you below, the Church of Scientology International (CSI) restates its version of the evidence in the case, making it sound as favorable as possible for itself while making the Rathbuns sound like calculating villains. But that doesn't really matter. The state supreme court is not there to re-litigate the facts of a case. So Scientology also presents arguments that it hopes will convince the court that there's an issue here worth its time. (A separate brief has been filed for CSI's fellow defendants, private investigators and other operatives who took part in the yearslong surveillance campaign aimed at Monique and her husband, former Scientology official Mark "Marty" Rathbun.)


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