Texas judge fed up with pace of Scientology trial

Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Comal County, Texas, judge, upset with the slow pace of a case involving the Church of Scientology, angrily admonished lawyers in the six-months-long case.

Hurling his glasses to the floor, Judge Dib Waldrip gave both sides a tongue-lashing Monday, saying, "We're spending time doping nothing, nothing except burning money and the court's time and resources, and the Comal County taxpayer's money. I'm about to the limit, "the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

The suit filed by Monique Rathburn, wife of Scientology dissident Mark Rathburn, alleges the church launched a four-year campaign of harassment and surveillance. Plaintiffs hope to depose church leader David Miscavage to prove he led the actions against her.

Lawyers for Miscavage are expected to appeal an order by Waldrip, renewed Monday, that Miscavage must testify at the trial, the Express-News reported.

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