Source of Fishman Documents

These documents are part of the record of the civil case Church of Scientology International v. Fishman and Geertz. Case no. CV 91-6426 HLH (Tx), U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

For over a year, the Church failed in its attempts to have the file sealed. It finally succeeded on August 15, 1995, after a staffer for the Washington Post obtained a copy from the court.

Until recently, copies of these documents could be obtained for 50 cents per page from the address below. Here is a convenient order form that will be useful once the records are unsealed again. Warning: personal checks are not accepted. You can use a business check, a cashier's check, or a postal money order.
           Correspondence Clerk
           Federal Courthouse 
           Central District of California
           312 North Spring Street, Room G-8
           Los Angeles, CA 90012-4724

           (213) 894-3533 (for info re civil cases: press 5)

Electronic copies of Fishman's declaration, exhibits, OT materials, and change of venue filings were posted to alt.religion.scientology on August 2, 1995 by Arnie Lerma.

TheChurch's response to Lerma's post was to threaten legal action, and then to raid his house and carry off his computer. Lerma recently sent a petition to Judge Hupp asking for official permission to post the Fishman declaration on the internet.

Electronic copies of the affidavits by various other persons filed in conjunction with the case are made available courtesy of Jeff Jacobsen (, whose sources appear to be: