Church of Scientology V. Gerald Armstrong - Ruling


Church of Scientology of California v. Gerald Armstrong, 232 Cal. App. 3d 1060; 283 Cal. Rptr. 917 (Ct. App. 1991)s:Church of Scientology v. Armstrong

Background: The COS filed an appeal seeking to overturn prior orders (1) dismissing its claims against Armstrong and (2) ordering that the court records in previous litigation be unsealed. (Armstrong, 232 Cal. App. 3d at 1063-66; 283 Cal. Rptr. at 918-20)


  1. The court of appeals upheld the trial court decision dismissing the COS's claims against Armstrong. Although not previously discussed under California law, the court of appeals agreed with the trial court that Armstrong's fears for his life, safety, and the life and safety of his wife presented a self-defense justification to the COS claims of invasion of privacy and conversion. (Armstrong, 232 Cal. App. 3d at 1071-73; 283 Cal. Rptr. at 923-25).
  2. The court of appeals reversed a lower court order unsealing the records from the original Armstrong proceeding. The court held that the original record was sealed with the consent of both parties, and, with retirement of the original judge, no subsequent judge had the authority to vacate or modify the order sealing the records. (Armstrong, 232 Cal. App. 3d at 1068-70; 283 Cal. Rptr. at 921-22).
  3. However, the court refused to seal the appellate record, holding that it was not bound by the original order sealing the lower court record and that no showing had been made sufficient to justify sealing the record of the appeal itself. (Armstrong, 232 Cal. App. 3d at 1070-71; 283 Cal. Rptr. at 923-24).

Read more about this topic:  Church Of Scientology V. Gerald Armstrong

Other articles related to "ruling":

Michael Mukasey - Judicial Career
... Mukasey also heard the trial of Jose Padilla, ruling that the U.S ... from enforcing its ban against the distribution of screener copies of films during awards season, ruling that the ban was likely an unlawful restraint of ... In so ruling, Mukasey gave deference to "a federal executive branch policy favoring voluntary resolution of Holocaust-era insurance claims." ...
Mc Collum V. Board Of Education - Subsequent Developments
... The Supreme Court's ruling remanded the case to the Illinois high court for relief consistent with the federal ruling ... The 6 to 3 ruling in the later case held that a New York program allowing religious education during the school day was permissible, because it did not use ...
Criticism Of The Pledge Of Allegiance - 2005 District Ruling
... a brief that declared, " object to the ruling that the pledge violates any part of the Establishment Clause." Derek Gaubatz, Director of Litigation for the ...
Protect America Act Of 2007 - FISC Ruling, January 2009
... Surveillance Court of Review ruling was made in favor of the warrantless wiretapping role of the Protect America Act 2007, in a heavily redacted opinion released on ...

Famous quotes containing the word ruling:

    We are the only class in history that has been left to fight its battles alone, unaided by the ruling powers. White labor and the freed black men had their champions, but where are ours?
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)

    The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.
    Karl Marx (1818–1883)

    What is an atheist, but one who does not, or will not, see in the universe a ruling principle of love; and what a misanthrope, but one who does not, or will not, see in man a ruling principle of kindness?
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)