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It seems abundantly clear to me that the CoS doesn't challenge Marty Rathbun or Mike Rinder in court and probably never will because the Church doesn't dare set up a situation where R&R could testify on the record about things the Church doesn't want them testifying about in court ... EVER.
R&R seem to be in their unique position of innoculation from CoS litigation (which, in turn, gives them a unique advantage as CoS antagonists) because of the roles they played of coordinating the Church's legal affairs when they were in the cult and because of the overlap between their activities and Miscavige's activities -- and their knowledge of what Miscavige was doing.
Compared to R&R, Debbie Cook knew bupkus, nada, nichts about Miscavige's doings. Sure, he'd threatened to have someone break her thumb and abused her physically, mentally, emotionally in the Hole. She may also have known about at least one other thing, which she didn't reveal publicly, but only hinted about revealing (in an email she sent to someone in the CoS after they told her she was in violation of her NDA).
I agree that Debbie's sway over Miscavige on January 1, 2012, was the fact that she was still in very close contact (via Facebook and email) with Kool-Aide drinkers. R&R did not have that kind of contact. Therefore, as others have said, Miscavige wanted to cut her communications with the KA drinkers, OT Committee types, and whales.
Something no one has mentioned in this thread yet (although it was mentioned back in 2012 when these events were coming down) is that Cook had no idea that she had any legal rights at all.
A final thing I'd like to correct is that Rathbun did NOT find Ray Jeffrey for Debbie. He didn't know Jeffrey. Somebody else found Jeffrey for Cook. And the rest is history.
And to further support what you are saying, whenever someone brings a complaint vs COB/COS these days the very first thing COB tries to orchestrate is to have Rinder/Rathbun banned from providing testimony. They even went so cult-wacky that they even tried to have Rathbun's [STRIKE]KR[/STRIKE] Declaration struck from the record! LOL
The desperation is so complete that the last three (3) major lawsuits brought vs COB also resulted in him trying to kick the plaintiff's attorneys off the case too! LOL
CULT OF LITIGATION IDEAL SCENE: Anyone seeking to expose the cult's malfeasance, fraud & crimes is therefore a "criminal" and "criminals" must be afforded the inalienable right to not have attorneys nor enter so-called "evidence" or sneakily use eyewitnesses.