Former Scientology Aide Wins Ruling On Church Records

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Date: October 17, 1985

The state Supreme Court yesterday allowed a former Church of Scientology official to obtain church records in a suit against the group.

None of the six justices taking part in the case voted to grant a hearing on the church's claim that the documents were records of church confessionals taken under a promise of confidentiality. Chief Justice Rose Bird did not participate in the case.

The action lifts the court's order of September 10 blocking release of the records of "audits," or examinations, of church members, to Gerald Armstrong, who resigned in 1981 as archivist of the church's Los Angeles branch.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge has said the church declared Armstrong a "suppressive person," and employees spied on him, assaulted him and hit him with a car.