I posted the below comment to Tony Ortega’s blog today. It appeared that it propagated, and I think I saw ten “likes.” But now my comment isn’t there and “Disqus” says it was “Deleted as Spam.” “Disqus” also says, “We have received your request for review,” although I made no such request. This has happened before and was never resolved.
More path crossings.
Laura DeCrescenzo and I both had fairly famous LA Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian preside in our cases.
The Miscavigeites filed their first lawsuit to try to enforce their gag contract with me (Armstrong II) in Marin Superior Court. And then the case was transferred to LA, where on May 26 and 27, 1992 Sohigian heard their motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking to silence me or keep me silenced while the case proceeded to trial. Ford Greene was in great form.
Sohigian gave them a preliminary injunction that was much more limited in its prohibitions than what the Miscavigeites sought and what they were ultimately able to obtain in the permanent injunction they obtained in 1995, after the case have been transferred back to Marin.
Although Sohigian didn’t totally shut the Miscavigeites down, and his preliminary injunction was pretty tortured, some of his comments during the hearing show that he had their number.
Moreover, he says the information that is being suppressed in the trade secret case is information which the trade secret proprietor owns, at least as the law fictionalizes that construct. The information that’s being suppressed in this case, however, is information about extremely blame-worthy behavior of the plaintiff which nobody owns; it is information having to do with the behavior of a high degree of offensiveness and behavior which is meritorious* in the extreme.
(*Obviously a court reporting error. Should be “notorious.”)
It involves abusing people who are weak. It involves taking advantage of people who for one reason or another get themselves enmeshed in this extremist view in a way that makes them unable to resist it apparently. It involves using techniques of coercion. His argument is, when you now begin to balance so as to make a determination about what has to go into the calculus that: gives rise to a public policy assessment, you’ve got to balance that.
THE COURT: There appears to be in the history of their behavior a very, very substantial deviation between their conduct and standards of ordinary, courteous conduct and standards of ordinary, honest behavior. They’re just way off in a different firmament.
MR. WILSON: Well Your Honor —
THE COURT: They’re the kind of — it’s the kind of behavior which makes you sort of be sure you cut the deck and be sure you’ve counted all the cards. If you’re having a friendly poker game you’d make sure to count all the chips before you dealt any cards.
https://legal.gerryarmstrong.ca/1992/05/27/motion-for-preliminary-injunction-may-27-1992/ (pp. 107, 108)
I do not know what the Miscavigeites did to disqualify Judge Sohigian when the DeCrescenzo case was assigned to him. Because of his comments in my case, I thought they would have mounted an immediate and monumental legal and extra-legal effort to disqualify him. But apparently he hung in through the pc folder production until he retired in 2014.
LA Superior Court Judge Paul G. Breckenridge, Jr., in his 1984 judgment in the Scientologists’ first case against me condemned the cult’s pc folder abuse.
LRH’s wife, Mary Sue Hubbard is also plaintiff herein. On the one hand she certainly appeared to be a pathetic individual. She was forced from her post as Controller, convicted and imprisoned as a felon, and deserted by her husband. On the other hand her credibility leaves much to be desired. She struck the familiar pose of not seeing, hearing, or knowing any evil. Yet she was the head of the Guardian Office for years and among other things, authored the infamous order “GO 121669” [ ] which directed culling of supposedly confidential P.C. files/folders for purposes of internal security. In her testimony she expressed the feeling that defendant by delivering the documents, writings, letters to his attorneys, subjected her to mental rape. The evidence is clear and the court finds that defendant and Omar Garrison had permission to utilize these documents for the purpose of Garrison’s proposed biography. The only other persons who were shown any of the documents were defendant’s attorneys, the Douglasses, the Dincalcis, and apparently some documents specifically affecting LRH’s son “Nibs,” were shown to “Nibs.” The Douglasses and Dincalcises were disaffected Scientologists who had a concern for their own safety and mental security, and were much in the same situation as defendant. They had not been declared as suppressive, but Scientology had their P.C. folders, as well as other confessions, and they were extremely apprehensive.
The court is satisfied that he did not unreasonably intrude upon Mrs. Hubbard’s privacy under the circumstances by in effect simply making his knowledge that of his attorneys. It is, of course, rather ironic that the person who authorized G.O. order 121669 should complain about an invasion of privacy. The practice of culling supposedly confidential “P.C. folders or files” to obtain information for purposes of intimidation and or harassment is repugnant and outrageous. The Guardian’s Office, which plaintiff headed, was no respector of anyone’s civil rights, particularly that of privacy.
The Breckenridge judgment was an exhibit in the hearing before Sohigian, and was cited to several times. So he probably already had a smart jurist’s grasp of the Scientologists’ way off in a different firmament interpretation of the priest-penitent privilege.
Then there’s the “Loyalist” program’s operating target to offer my pc folders to me to entrap me with receiving stolen property, or worse, and prevent me from flying to London to testify in the B & G Wards case. I’ve written about this a number of times.
A few days after the Armstrong I trial ended, Joey,who, I later learned, was actually one David Kluge, made the first direct contact with me, a phone call to my home in Costa Mesa, California. He said the Loyalists knew I wanted my pc folders, that my folders were being moved on a certain day and that I could get them if I wanted. I told Kluge that even though the folders were mine the organization would claim, if it was discovered I had them, that I was accepting stolen property, so I had to decline his offer. I was also already booked, on the same day the Loyalists said they would get me my pc folders, to fly to London to testify in a child custody case involving Scientology, and I told Kluge that I couldn’t change my plans. https://armstrong-op.gerryarmstrong.ca/declaration-of-gerry-armstrong-february-20-1994/
Tony linked to his October 26, 2020 article “Scientology continues its ‘Fair Game’ of Gerry Armstrong with court hearing today,” which is about the Miscavigeites’ op to get an arrest warrant issued against me in California. This is my analysis of why they evaluated that they needed and wanted their arrest warrant so urgently they would concoct this bizarre scheme, which they almost got away with. https://gerryarmstrong.ca/any-time-of-the-day-or-night/
But it ended up in an important loss for the Miscavigeites in court; in “fair game” and all my claims coming into present time; and in Kendrick Moxon’s unindicted coconspirator’s beingness exposed as unregenerate.
This is an unofficial, but very good, hearing transcript: