Scientology Papers Opened And Then Resealed by Court

Source: New York Times
Date: December 21, 1984

Hours after thousands of personal records and writings of the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, were released by a court to day, a judge ordered the papers resealed.

Judge Lawrence Waddington of Superior Court responded to an emergency lawsuit filed by church members named in the papers who claimed their privacy rights were violated.

Judge Waddington said he would decide next Thursday whether to keep the documents under permanent seal.

The papers, including diaries, letters, military records and unpublished manuscripts, were ordered released after Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist turned down an appeal by the church to keep the papers under seal. News organizations were to be allowed only one 90-minute opportunity each Thursday to view the material.

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