All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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Lawyer, formerly represented the Church of Scientology.
Joseph Yanny, 38, was one of those lawyers. He has since fallen out with the church, but at the time, he was one of Scientology's top lawyers. Yanny began representing Scientology in trademark matters in 1983. His other clients include Corona Beer and the rock group Grateful Dead. By 1985, Yanny was "closely involved in the formulation of legal strategy," according to court documents filed by Scientologists.
"I and others were told by (Scientology executive) Marty Rathburn that on orders of David Miscavige, the successor of L. Ron Hubbard as the head of the cult, that the medical records of O'Reilly were to be stolen from the Betty Ford Center, and another location in Santa Barbara, to show that he was using cocaine, discredit him, and possibly blackmail him into easing off on his $30-million verdict now on appeal," Yanny said last summer when questioned by Scientology lawyers.
Yanny balked. "I wanted no part of any criminal conduct to obtain the stuff," he said in an interview with the Times. "An alternative plan was quickly arrived at to settle my nerves," he said when questioned by other lawyers. [...]
c) There was also wholesale destruction of evidence, theft of documents from private persons and attempts to infiltrate the Court chambers of Judges Lilly and Swearinger.
d) This is but the top of the iceberg. Many of the documents in this Court's Jury Room show recent attempts by this Cult to infiltrate courthouses, U.S. government contractors such as Honeywell in Phoenix, to find out what classified projects these contractors were getting from the "Rockefellers" and the "DOD" and other "enemies of mankind".
e) I was also informed of a Cult-organized group of vigilantes known as the "minutemen" who were to go beat up dissidents and had in fact done so. I retained no originals of any documents that belong to the Cult, I simply retained copies, which I am permitted to do. The encrypting diskettes for the Cult computer, were turned over to them prior to the break-ins in my office.
f) I also became aware of a plot to obstruct Justice or at least perpetuate a fraud to the Courts in the form of settlement agreements of numerous pieces of Cult litigation, which required that lawyers never take litigation against the Cult in the future, that no-one (lawyers or parties) testify against the Cult, and that all evidence and files be turned over to the Cult for destruction.
g) Additionally, I became aware that witnesses such as Bill Franks and others signed contracts to keep quiet about what they knew. In other words they were paid hush money.