Source “PR Newswire”
Author Heber Jentzsch
Date June 25th, 19841
LOS ANGELES, June 25/PRN – Church of Scientology attorney John Peterson
announced Friday that he had filed a notice of appeal with the Superior Court of
California and an emergency application for stay pending the appeal of a decision issued
June 21 by Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge.
Breckenridge issued a memorandum of intended decision in a suit brought by the church
and Mrs. L. Ron Hubbard against a former church employee, Gerald Armstrong, for
unlawfully taking thousands of pages of valuable documents and personal papers
belonging to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Mrs. Hubbard.
The decision, according to Peterson, “was completely ludicrous. On the one hand, it is
clear that the trial court found there was an invasion of privacy and conversion of the
documents and papers by Armstrong for purposes other than those for which they were
entrusted to him. Yet, the trial court ordered that the personal and private documents be
unsealed and made available for public access.
“Under this decision,” Peterson said, “any person or institution – religious or otherwise –
is no longer safe from anyone just coming along and stealing their personal effects and
then exposing them to public view.”
According to the emergency application to the California Appeals Court, Peterson is
asking the court to maintain an earlier injunction against the public use or inspection of
the documents taken by Armstrong.
Peterson went on to say that “since the Superior Court’s unsealing order materially
dissolved the prior injunction and changed the status quo, a stay by the appeals court
Contact – John Peterson at 213-386-4303, 213-661-2747 or 213-654-8064 for the Church
of Scientology, or after hours Rev. Heber Jentzsch of the Church of Scientology at 213-
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