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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TAMPA DIVISION

LUIS A. GARCIA SAZ, and wife, MARIA
DEL ROCIO BURGOS GARCIA

Plaintiffs,

vs.

CASE NO. 8:13-CV-220-T27 TBM

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY RELIGIOUS

TRUST; CHURCH OF SCIEN TOLOGY FLAG SERVICE ORGANIZATION, INC.; CHURCH
OF SCIENTOLOGY FLAG SHIP SERVICE

ORGANIZATION, INC d/b/a MAJESTIC CRUISE LINES; IAS ADMINISTRATIONS, INC.;
U S IAS MEMBERS TRUST.
. .

Defendants
/

DECLARATION OF MICHAEL R1NPER

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, MICHAEL R1NDER deposes and states:
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I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Church of Scientology

International from 1987 until 2007, when I terminated my relationship with the Church of Scientology and all related entities.
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I was raised as a Scientologist from the age of 6 and, as such, am well versed on

the policies and procedures of the Church of Scientology.

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I have become a prominent critic of the activities of the current leader of the

Churches of Scientology, David Miscavige. My views have been openly and publicly disclosed
through interviews and other media forums, including the (then) Si Petersburg Times in June 2009.
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Since approximately 2009,1 have been frequently interviewed, and the information

I have discussed about the Church and its practices has been the subject of media reporting in the
United States, England, Germany, France, Ireland and Australia.
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Throughout this time period, the Church of Scientology and its related entities have

failed to enforce the alleged "non-disclosure agreement."
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1 was a consultant with attorneys at Dykema Gossett in Los Angeles against the

Church of Scientology in 2010, and the Church of Scientology never moved to disqualify Dykema
Gossett.
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I was a consultant with Ray Jeffries, Esq. in San Antonio, Texas in April 2012 in

the Debbie Cook litigation. Disqualification of Mr. Jeffries was not raised.
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1 was a consultant for Ray Jeffries in claims filed in Texas by two private

investigators against David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology and disqualification of Mr.
Jeffries was not raised.
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I was a consultant to Brian Lueng, submitted a declaration and appeared in state

court in Pinellas County with Mr. Lueng in 2012, and the issue of disqualification was not raised
in that litigation. 10. Beginning in 2009 as a direct result of my public appearances and open
,

disagreement with the activities of the Church of Scientology, I began receiving requests for help from people who felt they had been defrauded by Scientology Organizations.

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11.

Many of the people who contacted me said they had tried to find attorneys to help

them, but the Church of Scientology,s reputation for scorched-earth litigation and intimidation of
lawyers made it difficult to secure legal representation.

12.

1 have not received any confidential information or attorney-client communications

of any kind relating to the parties and issues in this litigation from anyone.

13.
this litigation.

I have no confidential documents of any kind relating to the parties or the issues in

14.

Brian Culkin contacted me for assistance in obtaining legal representation against

the Church of Scientology.

15.

Robert Johnson never participated in any conference call in which Brian Culkin

also participated. 16. I declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
,

Executed this 28th day of May 2013 in Palm Harbor, JpitSrida.

MICHAEL RINGER/

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