COMAL COUNTY, Texas -- A Hill Country family is waiting to learn whether its case against the Church of Scientology can proceed, with a Comal County judge now weighing its merits.
Monique Rathbun is the plaintiff in the case, heard last week in New Braunfels. She is married to a former Scientology executive who blew the whistle on the church who turned into an outspoken critic.
Rathbun is asking a court to extend a temporary restraining order against the church, which she claims launched a three year campaign of intimidation and harassment against her family in Bulverde masterminded by the founder of the church, David Miscavige.
As for the defense team, Scientology attorneys argued Miscavige is solely concerned with the church, but that the church has a right to protect its belief system.
The case resumes on October 18 with the judge expected to rule beforehand on whether to disqualify the bulk of the church's large legal defense team on the basis that its attorneys hold no jurisdiction in the county.