Texas Supreme Court asks for Monique Rathbun's response to Scientology's petition - 2016-04-24
The Texas Supreme Court has asked Monique Rathbun for a response to the Church of Scientology's petition for review of a lower court's ruling, and now she has until May 23 to file a highly technical legal document.
Monique had waived her right to respond after Scientology filed its petition, in hopes that the court might ignore the church's request to take the case up on appeal. But as our expert predicted, the Texas high court couldn't keep its hands off such an intriguing case.
Scientology wants the court to review a decision by Comal County district Judge Dib Waldrip, which was upheld by the Texas Third Court of Appeals. Scientology had filed an "anti-SLAPP" motion, objecting to Monique's harassment lawsuit as an unjust infringement of its First Amendment Rights. Monique is suing because she says the church subjected her to years of surveillance, being photographed, followed, and stalked, and for dirty tricks operations that left her humiliated and afraid.