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Convictions of 9 Scientologists in Plotting Thefts Are Upheld - 1981-10-03

F43.png Convictions of 9 Scientologists in Plotting Thefts Are Upheld October 3, 1981, Laura A. Kiernan, Washington Post

The U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the convictions of nine members of the Church of Scientology found guilty in 1979 of participating in a massive criminal conspiracy to plant spies and conduct break-ins and thefts at government offices.

All nine church members, including five once high-ranking members, were sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey. They have been free on bond pending appeals.

In a separate opinion yesterday, the appeals court also reversed a 1979 decision by then chief judge William B. Bryant and upheld a 1977 search of Scientology offices in Washington in which two cartons of documents were seized by law enforcement officials.

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{{cite news | author = Laura A. Kiernan | title = Convictions of 9 Scientologists in Plotting Thefts Are Upheld | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1981/10/03/convictions-of-9-scientologists-in-plotting-thefts-are-upheld/ddebd007-fc02-49cd-959a-6b9d8dded04e/ | work = Washington Post | date = October 3, 1981 | accessdate = February 17, 2017 }}