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AFFIDAVIT OF STEVEN FISHMAN
This is an Affidavit of my knowledge of certain facts
which I learned while I was a member in good
standing of the Church of Scientology concerning the
position and policy of the Church and/or various
Church staff members regarding United States District
Court Judge Elizabeth Kovakevitch.
The first time ! ever heard a staff member of the
Church of Scientology speak about Judge Kovakevitch
was in June 1986, in relation to Margery Wakefield.
While working for the Guardianøs Office during 1982, I
had participated in a project to turn Margery
Wakefieid's attorney Wait Logan against her by feeding
him false information that Margery Wakefield was still
a member of the Church of Scientology at that time,
which was not true. I was somewhat familiar with the
status of Margery Wakefield's case, as it was broadly
discussed amongst members who were working for
and helping the Guardian's Office such as myself.
In June 1986 i was told by Church executive Eilie
Bolger that "Margery Wakefield would fry for breaking
her gag order." I had never heard that term before,
and E!lie Bolger explained that a gag order is a
covenant not to talk against the Church to the media.
At that time I was very enthusiastic about the
prospects of seeing Margery Wakefield punished, and I
asked E!lie Bolger how "we were going to get her."
EIHe Bolger responded by saying, "We have a Judge
who completely duplicates our viewpoint." I knew this
phrase to be Scientology jargon indicating that the
Judge was "on our side" or "sees our point of view."
Ellie Bolger then identified the Judge as Judge
Elizabeth Kovakevitch from the Middle District of
Florida, in Tampa. I had not heard of her up until that
time. Ellie further explained that the Church had allied
itself with the Judge through the "Say No To Drugs"
campaign. She added that Judge Kovakevitch was on
the mailing list to receive "lots of good roads, good
weather, and good news PR", which meant to me that
she was on a special type of mailing list circulated by
the Dissemination Secretary of the Church which
targeted public officials not for Church services
particularly but rather to positively influence public
opinion in the direction of the Church. I had prior
knowledge that there was a specific public relations-
type mailing list maintained by the Church.
E!lie Bolger was very confident at that time that Judge
Kovakevitch would not consider ruling adversely to
the Church of Scientology, and further indicated that
Judge Kovakevitch "liked the Church because of our
stand against drugs."
The next time I heard about Judge Kovakevitch from a
Scientology staff member was in February 1987.
Cathy Webb, an executive of the Church, told me in
her office at 118 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, that
"Kovakevitch would never rule against us again", and
that "she was really O.K." I asked Cathy Webb why
she was so sure, to which she responded, "We have
Aunt Liz under surveillance. We followed her to
Sarasota to find out what she's been doing and where
she's been." I understood that "Aunt Liz" referred to
the Judge. !t was inappropriate for me to press Cathy
for more details so I did not do so.
It is standard policy in Scientology that staff members
are assigned to keep in close contact with Federal
Judges and to keep their activities coordinated with
the intelligence section of the Church, which is the
Office of Special Affairs. Furthermore, it is also the
policy to determine whether the decisions of Federal
Judges remain in line with Scientology purposes, and
to take whatever steps are necessary to influence the
viewpoint or decision making process of all Judges
who preside over Scientology litigation, irrespective of
i attended a seminar known as the Power Lines
Conference sponsored by the Office of Special Affairs
of the Church of Scientology which took place at the
Fort Harrison Hotel of the Flag Land Base on or about
February 9-11, 1987. I was the delegate to the Power
Lines Conference from the Church of Scientology
Mission of Fort Lauderdale. I was given an award for
having arranged for Russell Means, the leader of the
American Indian Movement, to meet with Church
executives for the purpose of negotiations by Church
officials for the lease of various Indian lands over
which Mr. Means had considerable influence.
While at this conference, i met with Dennis Clarke, the
President of the Citizens' Commission on Human
Rights, an anti-psychiatry front group controlled by
the Church. He told me "Now that we have Elizabeth
Kovakevitch in our pocket, she will never rule against
Scientology again!" He added that she had been to
Flag (the Fort Harrison Hotel and/or the Sand Castle
Hotel) in Clearwater, Florida at a public event.
!n the context of that same conversation, and in front
of Freddie Ulan, another executive of the Citizens'
Commission on Human Rights, Dennis Clarke told me
that the "Church had made a cash contribution to one
of Elizabeth Kovakevitch's favorite pet projects."
Dennis Clarke then said, "We need more Federal
Judges like Kovakevitch in our corner."
It is standard practice for Church staff attached to the
intelligence network of the Church, particularly the
Office of Special Affairs, to do a thorough FBl-like
investigation of all judges and attorneys involved in
litigation involving the Church of Scientology, and
whenever possible, to accumulate personal and
confidential data about the targeted official which
could later be made available to influence the official.
It is not uncommon for Church officials to use secret
information garnered from covert investigative
practices as a means to even blackmail officials, in the
process of threatening to expose information or hold
the official up to ridicule. The practice is also used
against psychiatrists, psychologists and ~:;'~:.,~,:r
perceived "enemies" of the Church, including but not
limited to expert witnesses testifying against the
Church as well as the individual litigants themselves.
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