Michael Bennitt

Texas Judge Orders Deposition of Scientology Supreme Leader David Miscavige

In Activism, Scientology on February 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

This is my recap of the two hearings on the motion to depose Scientology Supreme Leader, Captain David Miscavige.

Texas Judge Orders Deposition of Scientology Supreme Leader David Miscavige from Mike Bennitt on Vimeo.

And here is my full-length video from the hearning:

A late addition to Captain Miscavige’s defense team is former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. So far, he has appeared in court with the defense team twice. You can see him here:

Tony Ortega reported that,

A conspicuous addition to Scientology’s legal team was the arrival of Wallace Jefferson, who only recently stepped down from his position as the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. At the last two court hearings, Wallace has been taking notes as his brother, Lamont, has represented Miscavige and argued for hours on Wednesday in a vain effort to convince Judge Waldrip that Miscavige shouldn’t be deposed.

Jeffrey thinks Wallace Jefferson was brought in to prepare appeals, and he expects that Scientology’s team will soon be going to a state appeals court or the state supreme court asking for permission to file for a writ of mandamus.

“They don’t have a right to a mandamus. They have to apply to the Texas court of appeals or supreme court for the right to file it,” he explained to us. “Mandamus is supposed to be extraordinary.” He says he expects the Scientology team to put together a voluminous petition filled with references to religious rights to convince an appellate court that Judge Waldrip abused his discretion by calling for Miscavige to testify.


Click here to see my photo set from the hearing.

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Matari Jones reports for Channel 4 San Antonio:



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