Before I get to the heart of this post I want to make something perfectly
clear I do not automatically see every attorney as a bad person . I (naively perhaps) believe a person can be good and decent and practice law . But Scientology has a special reputation for abuses and exploitation of vulnerabilities in the legal system . The attorneys warrant exposure for a simple reason .
I have heard from far too many parents who have had to bury children thanks to the cult and others who can never see their kids and grandkids and are heartbroken every day .I could go on for hours about the abuses and crimes the cult has protected by the unethical scumbag perjury suborning , witness tampering , justice obstructing , conspiracy committing dirt bag pieces of shit Scientology relies on for lowering the reputation of the very sleaziest, slimiest of attorneys .
To be exact we can look at specific individuals and not just lump them all ina pile of human scum . That would be unfair. I will start with a well known Scientologist .
The following are quotes from Wikipedia :
Kendrick Lichty Moxon is a Scientology official and an attorney with the law firm Moxon & Kobrin. He practices in Los Angeles, California, and is a lead counsel for the Church of Scientology.
He worked out of the Scientology intelligence agency known as the Guardian's Office (GO), and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator after the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into criminal activities by Scientology operatives called "Operation Snow White". An evidence stipulation in the case signed by both parties stated he had provided false handwriting samples to the FBI; Moxon has since said that he did not "knowingly supply" false handwriting samples.
In 1990 Moxon represented the organization in a suit against the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to gain access to information about Scientology held by the IRS. He assisted 50 Scientologists in filing separate lawsuits against the organization Cult Awareness Network (CAN), which led to the bankruptcy of the organization. He represented the plaintiff in the Jason Scott case against CAN and cult deprogrammer Rick Ross.
Along with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and nineteen other Scientologists, Moxon was named as an unindicted co-conspirator after the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into criminal activities by Scientology operatives called "Operation Snow White". At the time of the indictments and investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Operation Snow White case, Moxon was working in the church intelligence agency then known as the Guardian's Office (GO). Operation Snow White was the name coined by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard for a mission by the organization's intelligence division to illegally obtain documents from the United States government.[ As part of Operation Snow White, members of the Guardian's Office broke into U.S. government offices including those of the Internal Revenue Service, in order to steal documents relating to Scientology.
End quotes from Wikipedia article on Kendrick Moxon
I will let people examine this individual for themselves and decide how ethical an attorney he is .
I will provide a few other relevant quotes to support my claim that Scientology attorneys have a history that simply puts them into an entirely different ethical category than others .
Begin Wikipedia quotes:
In 1994, Scientology attorney Helena Kobrin was fined $17,775 for filing a frivolous lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema cited a frequently quoted statement of L. Ron Hubbard on the subject in the case of Religious Technology Center vs. The Washington Post, on November 28, 1995:
The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.Critics also allege that the Church uses litigation as a cover for intimidation tactics, such as investigating the criminal records (or lack thereof) of opponents and subjecting them to surveillance and invasive inquiries, both to discourage further criticism and to ensure the opponent's unwillingness to fight the lawsuit. A policy letter by L. Ron Hubbard, distributed in early 1966, says:
—L. Ron Hubbard, The Scientologist, a Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955
This is correct procedure:Critics of Scientology cite this passage, among others (such as the widely documented Fair Game doctrine), to support their contentions that the church uses smear tactics to augment the effectiveness of legal threats.
Don't ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.
- Spot who is attacking us.
- Start investigating them promptly for FELONIES or worse using own professionals, not outside agencies.
- Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them.
- Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press.
- In the case of Wollersheim vs. Church of Scientology (1980), former member Larry Wollersheim sued the organization for mental distress, and was awarded $30 million in damages. On appeal, the award was reduced to $2.5 million. In 1996, Wollersheim was awarded an additional $130,506.71 in attorney's fees incurred while defending against a church lawsuit that was dismissed for violating a California law prohibiting strategic lawsuits against public participation.The Church vowed not to pay the award, and the case dragged through the courts for 22 years, including two separate appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States and two additional appeals to the Supreme Court of California. In early 2002, the case was finally settled, with the Church of Scientology paying Larry Wollersheim $8,674,643.
- In Religious Technology Center v. Gerbode, 1994 WL 228607 (C.D. Cal. 1994) (against Frank A. Gerbode, inventor of Traumatic Incident Reduction), a Rule 11 sanction of $8,887.50 was imposed against Helena Kobrin, an attorney for the Church, for bringing baseless and frivolous claims.
- In R. v. Church of Scientology of Toronto, et al. (1992), the Church of Scientology was convicted on two charges of breaching the public trust, and seven members were convicted on various charges.
- In Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto, Justice Casey Hill, at that time a Crown attorney involved in the R. v. Church of Scientology of Toronto case, sued and won CAD$1,600,000 for libel, the largest libel damage award in Canadian history. During the case, it was shown that a file had been kept on him as an "Enemy Canada." In their decision (1995), the Supreme Court of Canada found:
- In 1978, L. Ron Hubbard, creator of Scientology, was convicted for illegal business practices, namely, making false claims about his ability to cure physical illnesses. He was sentenced to four years in prison, which was never served.
- In 2009, a case went to trial in France, after a woman claims to have been pressured into paying €21,000 ($29,400) to the Church of Scientology for lessons, books and medicines for her poor mental state accused the Church of Scientology of "organised fraud". Her lawyers argue that the church systematically seeks to make money through mental pressure and use scientifically dubious cures. Coincidentally, a large scale simplification of the laws in France occurred just prior to the beginning of the trial. Suspicion was raised as the new law revision forbids the dissolution of a legal entity, an unadvertised change among hundreds of others. Dissolution was the main sentence requested by the prosecutor against the Church of Scientology in this trial, becoming unlawful as the law changed. On October 27, 2009, a verdict was rendered: six members of the CoS in France, and the Church itself, were convicted of fraud. Four of these, including Alain Rosenberg, were given suspended prison sentences. The Scientology Celebrity Center in Paris, a Scientology bookstore, and all six individual convicts were ordered to pay fines. The plaintiff's request for dissolution of the Church was not fulfilled.
The preceding is just a sample of the legal history of Scientology and I encourage the curious and outraged to examine it as thoroughly as you desire , and can stomach .
I want to add that in the nineteen nineties while I was in the terrorist mind control cult Scientology a frequent claim that was made time and again by staff and Sea Org members was that Scientology NEVER lost a court case . It was said that on occasion an appeal was needed to win final victory - but it was completely clear that the claim was a 100% win ratio when the dust settled .
I was told , along with others at events and in person that Scientology had truth and justice on its side and therefor ALWAYS won by simply telling the truth .
When I came out of the cult in 2014 I found that was a complete and utter lie and it supported a large body of other lies about the cult and its history and founder Ron Hubbard.
Now , if you put in perspective the distortions that are promoted in the cult to fool its members and the history that Wikipedia reports I ask you to decide for yourself and not let my personal opinion of the Scientolgy cult's lawyers as unethical scumbags influence you . I am no law expert , so completely discount my opinion as one from a bitter defrocked apostate ( I never got a frock in the first place anyway ? ) .
Don't let me influence or prejudice you one iota - please look at their history yourself and you tell me are they scumbags knowingly helping to deceive Scientologists and the public and helping the cult to commit and hide crimes or am I wrong ?