We don’t know each other, except for what you’ve read or heard about me, and what I’ve read, seen and heard about you. So this letter may mean nothing to you. That’s OK. I just wanted to communicate to you openly.
Like thousands of other people, I admire you very much. The strength you have shown by standing up to the Church of Scientology is incredible. We all watched the Squirrel Busters harass you and your family day after day, month after month. We saw you being followed, filmed, intimidated. Even when you moved from your home it continued. It seemed you could not escape this continual and unrelenting persecution.
I read in horror about the harassment at your work, the sexual harassment, the family harassment. Nobody should have to put up with this, even for one day. Yet you endured it for years, and for what? You had done nothing wrong except fall in love and marry Marty.
When you filed your complaint in August 2013 you gave thousands of people hope – Hope that you would be awarded the damages you were owed for the persecution you suffered – Hope that you would show Scientology that they can’t subject innocent people to what you had been subjected to – Hope that you would be granted the freedom to live you life in peace without the surveillance, the harassment, the violations of privacy etc.
I don’t know how much media you read during the years between August 2013 & February 2016 on social media sites, blog sites, message boards etc. I’m sure you are aware of the massive interest there was in the case. I hope you are aware of the support you were getting during that time. People all over the world were rooting for you. Marty had divided the opinions of people because of his past involvement in Scientology and for his actions since leaving the church, but there was no division when it came to you. People loved you (and still do).
Yes, there were some selfish motivations in wanting you to win. It appeared that you had a unique chance to drive a stake into the heart of the beast, which would hopefully set a precedent that would, in turn, help many others across the country and across the world. Those who had received similar persecution by the church and those in the future who will undoubtedly suffer similarly would likely benefit from your case if you were you to win it. I don’t know if you’ve seen “The Hunger Games” movies, or read the books, but you were our Katniss Everdeen, our Mockingjay. Like the fictional heroine, you didn’t ask to be put in that position, you didn’t seek it out. You were thrust into this position because an evil organisation decided to victimise you and you fought back.
I have not been in your position. I have been subjected to a few nasty tricks by the Church of Scientology including being followed, photographed, tyres let down, hate pages etc. The closest I came was when I was arrested in 2010 for cyber crimes against the Church which I didn’t commit. It took 7 months for the police to investigate before dropping the charges. Those 7 months were easily the worst of my life. It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up and the last thing on my mind before sleep finally came. I had visions of a court room battle (that I couldn’t afford) where manufactured “evidence” was presented and I was convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail. Fortunately that never happened, but I will never forget the stress of it. I publicly played it down at the time because I did not want the church to know how it was affecting me. But it DID effect me. REALLY badly. I can try and imagine what it was like for you just based on my own experiences and what I imagine is beyond horrible.
In February, when I read that you had withdrawn your lawsuit, I was surprised but not shocked. My first thought was “They had enough and I don’t blame them”. The stress of all those years, then the legal battle must have been extreme. Also, welcoming a newborn baby into your life turns everything upside down and it didn’t surprise me that your priorities had changed. What did surprise me was the way it was handled.
Monique I believe I’m not alone when I say to you that you still have my support, but I’m very confused by a few things. If you would take the time just to answer a few of the questions that hang over this case, I believe the speculation would die down and you and Marty would be left alone (if that’s what you both want). The reason I’m asking you and not Marty is because it was your case, not Marty’s.
In your document to the court dated 27th April 2016 you state:
“While performing their retreat strategy from this lawsuit my former lawyers made two things abundantly clear to me: a) my lawsuit is not worth it financially for former counsel or anyone to continue to litigate, and b) my husband and I have effectively achieved the primary purpose that the lawsuit was originally intended to serve by our own independent efforts.”
Here are my questions:
1.What retreat strategy?
The lawyers have gone on record saying they were shocked to be dismissed, that they did not see this coming. How can the lawyers have had a “retreat strategy” for the case if they didn’t expect to be fired?
But Ray Jeffrey, who led the legal team representing her, said he was mystified by the end of the litigation. “The entire legal team is extremely disappointed by this turn of events. We felt we were at the point of real success,” he said Monday. “We had won at the court of appeals, and believe it was unlikely the Supreme Court would overrule, so we were looking forward to a jury trial in New Braunfels,” he said. Jeffrey said the lawyers always had a ”wonderful professional relationship” with Monique Rathbun, adding, “We never had any disagreements or problems with her.”
Is Ray Jeffrey lying?
2. What primary purpose did you achieve independently?
It is my understanding that there were two objectives to this case;
a. Win a permanent injunction so that the harassment would end forever.
b. Be awarded compensation.
It appears that neither of these aims have been achieved. With the case being withdrawn the temporary restraining order has been lifted and David Miscavige and his thugs are free to go after you again. It has been stated several times by several parties that no cash settlement has been made or agreed to. Maybe I am misunderstanding what the primary purpose of the lawsuit was. Is there something I don’t understand?
3. What defects?
Furthermore, the defects in the complaint that Petitioners seized upon to create inordinate delay in this case were included by former counsel over my strong objections. As pled by former counsel the operative complaint serves as fodder for considerable future motion and appellate practice for scientology lawyers, as it has so served to date.
What were the defects in the complaint that caused the delays? What did you object to? What did the lawyers do that was against your advice?
4. If you were tired of fighting why not ask your lawyers to settle?
The way things ended, your lawyers are deeply out of pocket for the hundreds of unpaid hours they spent working on your case, and you received no financial compensation for the harassment you endured. Wouldn’t it have been better to settle for something rather than nothing?
You may or may not read this. If you do read this, your response might be “I’m not answering your questions. I owe you nothing”. That is 100% true. You don’t owe me or anyone else a thing. I just want you to know that it’s these lingering questions that have caused the speculation over the past few months (in my opinion) and that if they were answered the speculation would stop. It’s the vacuum of mystery that has created this situation. Fill the vacuum and the situation resolves.
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