On Mon, 30 Sep 2002 01:22:27 GMT, [email protected] (Keith Henson) wrote:
>Deja Vu--Bankruptcy Trial: Day One
Attached is a file of the first day of trial
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
BEFORE THE HONORABLE ARTHUR S. WEISSBRODT, JUDGE
In Re: ) Case No. 98-51326-ASW ) Chapter 13 ) HOWARD KEITH HENSON, ) ) TRIAL ) Volume I Debtor. ) Pages 1 to 179 ) ) ) Friday, September 27, 2002 ) San Jose, California
For the Debtor: Law Offices of Stanley A. Zlotoff By: Stanley A. Zlotoff, Attorney at Law 300 South First Street, Suite 215 San Jose, California 95113
For Creditor Religious Moxon & Kobrin Technology Center: By: Helena K. Kobrin, Attorney at Law 3055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900 Los Angeles, California 90010
McPharlin, Sprinkles & Thomas By: Elaine M. Seid, Attorney at Law 10 Almaden Boulevard, Suite 1460 San Jose, California 95113
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP By: Samuel D. Rosen, Attorney at Law 75 East 55th Street New York, New York 10022-4597
Electronic Court United States Bankruptcy Court Recorder: Clerk of the Court Liz Armendariz 280 South First Street, Room 3035 San Jose, California 95113 (408) 535-5003
Certified Electronic Palmer Reporting Services Transcriber: P. O. Box 30727 Stockton, California 95213-0727
Proceedings recorded by digital recording; transcript produced by federally-approved transcription service. I N D E X
Creditor's Motions: page 3
Opening Statement on behalf of the Creditor: page 32
Creditor's List of Exhibits: page 58
Debtor's Response to Creditor's Exhibits: page 92
Opening Statement on behalf of the Debtor: page 126
Witnesses: Direct Cross Redirect Recross
Victoria Arel Lucas By Mr. Zlotoff: 153
Exhibits: Received in Evidence
1 Friday, September 27, 2002 9:09 o'clock a.m.
2 P R O C E E D I N G S
3 THE COURT: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Please
4 be seated.
5 Ms. Seid, I understand that there's some concern, that
6 you want to have use of some court equipment?
7 You need to be at a microphone, please.
8 MS. SEID: That's correct, Your Honor. We were
9 interested in having a television and a VCR made available this
11 THE COURT: First of all, those have to be ordered in
12 advance and set up. Nobody shows up the day of trial and asks
13 for them. And, secondly, is that on your exhibit list?
14 MR. ROSEN: The video -
15 THE COURT: You need the microphone, please.
16 MR. ROSEN: The videotape that we -
17 THE COURT: Oh, I'm sorry. Let me call the case and
18 get your appearances. I got into the technical problem first.
19 Keith Henson.
20 May I have appearances?
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: Stan Zlotoff for debtor.
22 MR. ROSEN: For creditor Religious Technology Center
23 Samuel D. Rosen, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker.
24 MS. KOBRIN: Helena Kobrin, Moxon and Kobrin, also for
25 the debtor.
1 THE COURT: What exactly is this - Ms. - Ms. Seid,
2 would you come forward to the microphone, please - what exactly
3 is the exhibit?
4 MS. SEID: First of all, I'll state my appearance.
5 Elaine Seid of McPharlin, Sprinkles and Thomas
6 appearing on behalf of the creditor.
7 I'm going to ask Mr. Rosen to respond to the Court,
8 Your Honor.
9 MR. ROSEN: The exhibit which is marked -
10 THE COURT: You don't have the microphone. You need
11 the microphone every time, or we won't get on the record -
12 MR. ROSEN: You know I'll tell you something. Many
13 years ago Judge Feinberg in the Second Circuit told me, "Mr.
14 Rosen, you're one of the few attorneys who appear here who do
15 not need the microphone."
16 THE COURT: Yeah. I was a law -
17 MR. ROSEN: My voice tends to carry.
18 THE COURT: I was a law clerk in that courthouse. I
19 know that court.
20 MR. ROSEN: In the Second Circuit?
21 THE COURT: I was a law clerk on the District Court -
22 MR. ROSEN: Oh.
23 THE COURT: - for Judge Demmick.
24 MR. ROSEN: In answer to your question we have marked
25 as an exhibit a video - and it's been in the exhibits since the
1 first joint pretrial order, a year and a half ago, - a videotape
2 of excerpts of deposition taken of Mr. Henson in the copyright
3 case. We want to play the videotape excerpts for this Court.
4 They relate to the issue - the videotape relates to the issue of
5 bad faith.
6 THE COURT: It's my understanding, and it hasn't been
7 briefed, and I had wanted any issue that might be of concern,
8 that that's a matter of discretion. There's certainly a
9 transcript available, but I don't know whether you object. If
10 you object, then I'd like to know about it.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, can coun- -
12 THE COURT: To the video, rather. I'm not talking
13 about the transcript. I'm just - I'm not talking about the
14 transcript yet. I'm just talking about the video.
15 MR. ROSEN: The video is the official record of the
16 deposition, not the transcript. And it was - and for that
17 reason at trial before Judge Whyte it was the video that was
18 shown to the jury, not the transcript.
19 And it's - by the way, it's a highlight reel. It's
20 certain sections of his deposition given over, I think, two or
21 three days. They were - it was approved by Judge Whyte as
22 appropriate excerpts to be shown to the jury. And, as I say,
23 because the video was the official record under the Federal
24 Rules, I think it's Rule 30, that the video was shown, not the
25 transcript read.
1 THE COURT: Was a copy of it provided to Mr. Zlotoff
2 in advance - of the video?
3 MS. KOBRIN: On August 1st, Your Honor.
4 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. And it's been listed since
5 September of 2001.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: I don't remember getting a videotape. I
7 reviewed the - your exhibit list last night, and I noticed one
8 videotape that was designated. And I looked in - in the - to
9 the exhibit, and all I saw was like two pages of mostly, I won't
10 say redacted, but certainly not a complete excerpt of what - of
11 what the videotape purported to be.
12 MR. ROSEN: I don't have to put in an entire
13 videotape. I can put excerpts.
14 THE COURT: But you have to provide it to him.
15 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
16 THE COURT: You have to provide him the full
18 MS. KOBRIN: There were three separate -
19 THE COURT: Ms. Kobrin, I need to ask you to use the
20 mic. Even if Mr. Rosen has a big barrel voice, you don't.
21 MS. KOBRIN: I don't, I know.
22 There were actually three separate videotapes that
23 were included in the - in the exhibits that were given to him on
24 August 1st. There was a sleeve -
25 THE COURT: Two months ago.
1 MS. KOBRIN: - just - just like in your set, Your
2 Honor, or in here - whoops, sorry. There were sleeves, you
3 know, with the videotapes in them.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Oh.
5 MS. KOBRIN: In the set that was sent to Mr. Zlotoff.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. I - I may have overlooked
7 it. It's possible.
8 THE COURT: And where are they in the Judge's copy?
9 MR. ROSEN: Volume IV.
10 MS. KOBRIN: Volume IV, Exhibits 213, 214, and 2- -
11 no, I'm sorry - let's see. 2- - 213, 214, 215, I believe.
12 THE COURT: I don't see any sleeve in mine. Would you
13 look in the official?
14 MS. KOBRIN: Oh, we put it in one set, we didn't put
15 them in both on the Court copies.
16 THE COURT: Okay. Mr. Zlotoff, can you come up and
17 look at this because it would - it's fairly pronounced. Would
18 you have gotten this?
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: You know, Your Honor, I - I've probably
20 overlooked it. I'm not - I'm not going to state that I either
21 saw it or didn't see it, that I probably overlooked it.
22 THE COURT: Is your office close enough that if we
23 break for lunch you can go look?
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes.
25 THE COURT: All right. So that's what we'll do.
1 We'll use it after lunch.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, -
3 THE COURT: And we'll have it set it up. That will
4 give us a chance to -
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, Your Honor, could I - maybe I
6 should just address a threshold issue. It purports to be a 1996
7 deposition. And I don't understand what possible relevance that
8 would have.
9 THE COURT: When was this case filed?
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: '98.
11 THE COURT: What possible relevance could a 1996
12 deposition have to whether this case was filed in good faith?
13 MR. ROSEN: The standard of good faith is not limited
14 to the instant this case is filed, as Your Honor knows. There
15 has been a long pattern of misconduct by Mr. Henson, including
16 the misuse of the - of the Bankruptcy Court in the filing of the
17 petition in this case as part of his ongoing enterprise to
18 attack the Scientology religion.
19 This videotape shows his state of mind, his mens rea,
20 his intention to just for amusement and stature to attack RTC.
21 That carries forward in the - in the good faith-bad faith
22 argument and it's going to come forward under 1307 to his
23 conduct in the filing of this petition at a time when there was
24 only one creditor and there was no claim that had been - that
25 had been liquidated against him. And it's going to continue on
1 in terms of his misconduct during this case, the false
2 statements in his schedules and the like.
3 We also have - to the extent there's any question
4 about it, it's a totality-of-circumstances test, which I'm sure
5 Your Honor is aware of, and we have caselaw for that very
7 We also have caselaw for the proposition that although
8 the filing of a bankruptcy petition for the purpose of derailing
9 a state court litigation -
10 THE COURT: Was there state court litigation that
11 was -
12 MR. ROSEN: No, no. This is a federal court. I'm
13 saying that there isn't - we found no case of - on the
14 proposition of - of filing a bankruptcy petition when you're not
15 in reality in financial need, for the purpose of derailing a
16 state court litigation. And we've got cases, controlling
17 authority from the Ninth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit BAP and
18 from the - another District Court in California for the
19 proposition that while that alone per se is not cause for
20 dismissal under 1307, it is certainly one of the elements that
21 the Court needs to look at in terms of determining cause and bad
23 So to get back to Mr. Zlotoff's contentions or his
24 question, the bad faith begins in 1996 with Mr. Henson stating,
25 admitting that the whole purpose of this exercise for his
1 amusement, the cost of litigation comes out of his, quote,
2 recreation budget. And his sole purpose - he's never been a
3 Scientologist - his sole purpose is to taunt Scientology.
4 And this is - I will tell you, I've been litigating
5 now in the federal courts 34 years. I have seen copyright cases
6 where the infringer's motive is to make money, you know, a
7 Napster type case. I've seen cases where infringements are
8 accidental, where somebody didn't know somebody had written
9 something, or whatever.
10 I have never seen, and there is no case I'm aware of
11 ever reported in any federal court where the copyright infringer
12 says, 'The reason I infringed was to taunt the - the copyright
13 owner.' This is one of a kind. I think the Judge, Judge Whyte,
14 fairly well found that himself and - and the jury certainly
15 found it. And, Your Honor, can -
16 THE COURT: Well, excuse me, Mr. Rosen, can I
17 interrupt for a second. The pl- - Mr. Zlotoff is going to go
18 first because he has to prove good faith, so I assume you're
19 going to go first on your plan.
20 MR. ROSEN: I'm not sure that's right, if I can
21 address it. If you'll bear with me for 30 seconds, I have a
22 couple of other issues to address.
23 Number one, I wanted to hand up to the Court on this
24 very issue of good faith-bad faith, the decision of Justice
25 Whyte entered on September 26th yesterday. Judge Whyte has put
1 this decision under file - under seal. And - and it cannot be
2 published outside the court obviously. I am not making it an
3 exhibit unless Your Honor will file it under seal because I
4 don't want to violate Judge Whyte's order. But I would like to
5 hand it up, and I think what Your Honor - it will show Your
6 Honor what I'm talking about.
7 There's only - it's a determination on a contempt
8 motion. There is one part of which is absolutely critical and
9 that is a footnote which appears on the bottom of page 5. Your
10 Honor's welcome to see the whole thing.
11 THE COURT: I'll take it. I'll look at it.
12 MR. ROSEN: And, Mr. Zlotoff, you have a copy, right?
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: This was the one Judge Whyte -
14 MR. ROSEN: Yesterday. Yesterday.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: - from yesterday? Yes, that's fine. I
16 don't have any problem with that.
17 THE COURT: I've read the footnote. I haven't read
18 the whole decision, but I'm not going to take -
19 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor's welcome to. I think the
20 footnote -
21 THE COURT: That's fine.
22 MR. ROSEN: I rose also because of the question of who
23 goes first. While it - Your Honor set this as a trial on our
24 motion to dismiss for bad faith and indicated in the original
25 decision back two years ago that it would then be combined with
1 the objections to the plan.
2 As I analyze it, it's one combined trial. And I'm not
3 sure it makes a great deal of difference except in the following
4 respect. Under 1307, as I have now been educated by my
5 bankruptcy co-counsel, to - since you know I'm not a bankruptcy
6 attorney - under 1307 if you find bad faith you must do one of
7 two things. You must either dismiss the petition or convert it
8 to a 7.
9 It strikes me that that is a threshold issue, because
10 if you find bad faith and then proceed to do one or the other of
11 the two options available, obviously the option that's not
12 available is to even hear a motion to confirm a 13 plan, then
13 the second part of the trial, which is the debtor's application
14 for confirmation of the 13 plan and our objections to it, truly
15 becomes moot. The -
16 THE COURT: How long will your trial go if you go
18 MR. ROSEN: It's all - it's all exhibits. We have no
19 witnesses. I'm just going to walk you through the exhibits and
20 show you, you know, what the basis of the good faith-bad faith
21 argument is under 1307. In accordance with your order limiting
22 the amount of time, I can assure you it will not take me 20
23 hours to do that. I -
24 THE COURT: How long will it take?
25 MR. ROSEN: Oh, I expect probably an hour to an hour
1 and a half. Plus part of our presentation is this videotape,
2 which I think is 19 minutes. That - that is part of our case.
3 We would then rest on our motion for cause - to
4 dismiss for cause, if you will. I guess the statutory language
5 under 1307 is cause, but the caselaw says bad faith is cause.
6 We would then rest.
7 And if Your Honor wants to make a decision at that
8 point, that's fine, and we wouldn't have to deal with the motion
9 to - to confirm the 13. If you wanted - Your Honor doesn't want
10 to and wants to proceed with the rest of the trial, that's fine,
11 too. But I think that at least Your Honor should have the
12 option because the motion-to-confirm hearing is going to take
13 considerably longer.
14 I understand from Mr. Zlotoff, and he can correct me
15 if I'm wrong, but he intends to call a witness, Ms. Lucas, the -
16 from my conversations with Mr. Zlotoff, and we've been kind of
17 candid with each other, he's telling me what he's going to try
18 and prove. I've told him that he has major evidentiary
19 objections to overcome. This will take some amount of time. I
20 can't tell you how long because it's not my witness. I can tell
21 you the cross-examination will take three or four hours
22 probably. And we've got some battles over exhibits.
23 So, you know, I'll do whatever Your Honor wants. It's
24 a combined trial, so I'm not sure it makes all of that
25 difference, but if Your Honor of a mind to appreciate that, a
1 dismissal - a determination of bad faith or cause under 1307
2 moots the 13. Whereas the opposite is not true. The opposite
3 is not true because even if you deny the 13 you still have to
4 deal with the bad faith because under 1307 the - the remedy is
5 either dismissal or conversion. So denial of the 13 would not
6 moot our motion to dismiss, but the reverse is true.
7 One other thing I wanted to raise to Your Honor on a
8 preliminary basis is this. You issued a trial order - and this
9 is the last item I have to - to raise. You issued a trial order
10 on July 12th, I believe it was, that set forth in several
11 paragraphs things that had to be filed. And I think it was
12 paragraph 5 that said, "Failure to comply with the time limits
13 in this and the following requirements under this will result in
14 sanctions, including" -
15 THE COURT: Probably says "may result."
16 MR. ROSEN: - "may" - "may" - I'm sorry. You're right
17 - "may result in sanctions."
18 One of the requirements was the filing of a pretrial
19 brief on the 13th of September. We filed our pretrial brief.
20 Mr. Zlotoff filed none. In fact, he had no intention of filing
21 any until on September 20th we argued before Judge Whyte, came
22 up indirectly in terms of whether this trial's going to go
23 forward or not.
24 We said, "How is it going to go forward? The debtor
25 hasn't even complied. He hasn't even filed a pretrial brief."
1 And I think one of the specific sanctions in your order that -
2 for noncompliance is postponing the trial. Well, that's not a
3 sanction because that hurts us.
4 But, in any event, it's at that point that Mr. Zlotoff
5 said, "Okay, I'll file a pretrial brief."
6 As your own calendar for today notes, Mr. Zlotoff's
7 brief was not filed until the 23rd of September. And that's 10
8 days after your order and only after the prompting before Judge
9 Whyte, like - and Judge Whyte asked him the question, "Why
10 haven't you complied?"
11 So I would as a - and this is as a threshold matter,
12 Your Honor. I would ask you to do what your order says. I
13 think that is appropriate, to strike the brief. I think it is
14 appropriate to impose sanctions for counsel's failure to comply
15 with your order.
16 And I would hope that, you know, the - that Your
17 Honor's order meant what it said and that there is a balance in
18 this proceeding that Your Honor intends to hold the debtor and
19 his counsel to compliance, as Your Honor has held us.
20 And that's the last preliminary matter I have, Your
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Can I respond, Your Honor?
23 THE COURT: Mr. Zlotoff.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: First of all, as to the brief, RTC
25 didn't file a quote-unquote brief either. They filed a two-page
1 statement which was nothing like a brief. It bas- - it didn't
2 have anything regarding facts. It didn't have anything
3 regarding issues. It didn't have anything regarding legal
4 argument. It basically was a list of items that it wanted Your
5 Honor to take notice of that had been filed previously. That's
6 not a brief. That's not responsive to the trial court's order
8 In fact we were both of the same mind apparently, at
9 having just prepared voluminous documents just a few days
10 earlier with regard to motions in limine, motions for summary
11 judgment that we had papered this proceeding to death, and no
12 more need be done. That's exactly the course you took. So my
13 brief was as deficient as yours, even though your deficient
14 brief was filed on time. And that's what I told Judge Whyte.
15 MR. ROSEN: And Judge Whyte rejected that, Your Honor.
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: He didn't say a thing.
17 MR. ROSEN: Excuse me. Judge Whyte said -
18 THE COURT: Look, Mr. Rosen, one counsel is talking.
19 MR. ROSEN: Sorry.
20 THE COURT: He let you finish your argument. Now you
21 let him finish.
22 MR. ROSEN: I will, Your Honor. I apologize.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: With regard to the argument as to
24 ordering of which side goes first, I don't know that it makes a
25 difference. I don't understand the argument, to be honest with
1 you. If I go first and I can't prove pick - I can't prove the
2 best-interests-of-creditors test, I lose. If I lose
3 confirmation -
4 THE COURT: Well, do you - do you lose if he's
5 unsecured - if he's not unsecured?
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: If my plan -
7 THE COURT: Does he have standing to raise that if
8 he's not - if he's a secured creditor?
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right. Well, pick another issue then.
10 Pick anything you want -
11 THE COURT: Well, you pick another issue.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: Pick feas- -
13 THE COURT: It doesn't matter. But, anyway, if you
14 can't -
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Pick feasibility -
16 THE COURT: If you can't make your case, -
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: If I can't prove my case in chief, then
18 I don't get a plan confirmed and it follows that you are either
19 going to say I can amend it or I can't amend it or it should be
20 dismissed or converted. I'm not sure we end up any - at a
21 different place regardless of who comes first. I mean bad faith
22 is one element -
23 THE COURT: Well, the way that works, as I understand
24 it logically, Mr. Zlotoff, is that you tried to confirm this
25 plan. And you asked for time to put forward another plan. And
1 Mr. Rosen says, "No, I want to go forward with my motion."
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
3 THE COURT: And so he would then, assuming that I was
4 going to let you go forward would another plan, -
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
6 THE COURT: - want to present his motion.
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, but -
8 THE COURT: And that wouldn't necessarily be mooted by
9 your failure to prove your case in the first instance.
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right. But I take his issue with his
11 pronouncement that if you find bad faith you must necessarily
12 dismiss the case. I don't think that's true -
13 THE COURT: I don't have to necessarily dismiss the
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: No. I've - I've been involved in cases
16 where bad faith has been fined - found on the basis that, for
17 example, two low of a percentage plan, so a judge would say -
18 THE COURT: But here's the problem with this, all of
19 this, and - when you're coming in. You come in the minute of
20 trial and say, "We want court equipment." Somebody else comes
21 in - or one of you is coming in and saying, "I want to go
23 We met specifically a short time ago to iron out all
24 the pretrial problems. And none - nobody asked for equipment,
25 nobody said, "I want to go first." Nobody said, "If you decide
1 this, then you must do that." Nobody said any of that. So it's
2 all new, it's all on the morning of the trial, and here we are.
3 Do you want to go first?
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Your Honor, I really don't care. It
5 doesn't matter to me except with regard to the tape. My only
6 concern about the tape is whether it's a complete tape or
7 whether it's been doctored, whether there have been excerpts. I
8 haven't seen it.
9 THE COURT: Well, okay, but -
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: And, quite frankly, I don't have a
11 machine in my office to look at it, in any event.
12 THE COURT: I'm not saying, but I at least want to
13 know that you received it. If you didn't receive it, then
14 they're not going to be able to present it. If you did receive
15 it, then I have a different question. I have the relevancy
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
18 THE COURT: And I have - whether he has an absolute
19 right - see, you didn't brief that either - whether he has an
20 absolute right to play it because it's the, quote, official
21 record. If he does, that's one issue. If he doesn't, that's
22 another issue. None - none of this is briefed. So it's a
24 Now do you want to go first or not? If you say you
25 don't care and you want to have this document case presented
1 first, then I will adjourn for a couple of minutes to let you go
2 back to the office to make sure that you received this. And in
3 the meantime it would be nice if somebody gave me some authority
4 as to whether he has an absolute right to - to present it or
5 whether I have any discretion in the matter.
6 MR. ROSEN: I'm not in - I will be happy to do that,
7 except I don't understand the question. The - the tape is being
8 presented as -
9 THE COURT: Or is there an objection to the tape?
10 See, other than -
11 MR. ROSEN: Then one -
12 THE COURT: Wait, wait.
13 Is there an objection to the tape other than they may
14 not have given it to you? If there is none, then it's not an
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, yeah, I had stated that I
17 questioned its relevancy.
18 THE COURT: Oh, I understand. But it -
19 MR. ROSEN: You just stated that now.
20 THE COURT: Please. No, he didn't. He discussed this
22 Sit down, please, Mr. Rosen.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: That's when we got into the discussion.
24 THE COURT: To save time, because I can't order briefs
25 at this point, I want to get this done. To save time I would
1 let him, if you have no objection, if you actually got it, I
2 would let him present the tape, but I wouldn't rule on its
3 admissibility until after the trial. And I will order briefs on
4 the admissibility of that document.
5 It can - I will hold the ruling on admissibility, but
6 to save time and to allow it to proceed, I will take it subject
7 to a ruling subsequently on admissibility. So that's what I
8 will do.
9 If you didn't get it, I won't let it in. And I'll let
10 him present the written transcript.
11 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor, can I just have 30 seconds?
12 Two things.
13 Number one, with respect to the filing of the brief,
14 your order doesn't require - doesn't specify what is required in
15 a pretrial brief. We filed a pretrial brief which said we
16 incorporate and we identified the documents. We've addressed
17 these issues to a fair-thee-well, to a redundancy. We have
18 killed I don't know how many trees starting in July of 2000 with
19 the first motion to dismiss and the summary judgment and the
20 supplemental brief, et cetera. We - it is a perfectly
21 appropriate thing, but that's not the issue.
22 Before Judge Whyte Mr. Zlotoff's answer was the same,
23 "Look what they filed." The Judge says, "No, you don't
24 understand. The question is not the sufficiency of what they
25 filed. You filed nothing. Why is that?" That was the
2 We have - we have ordered the transcript -
3 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, I've already heard you. Please
4 sit down.
5 MR. ROSEN: The second - the second, so I do press the
6 point on the request that Your Honor do what your order says you
7 would do, and impose sanctions on -
8 THE COURT: I didn't say what I would do. That's what
9 you keep - you - I think you've misled me the first time. You
10 said I will impose sanctions -
11 MR. ROSEN: No. I'm sorry, may -
12 THE COURT: The order says I may.
13 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
14 THE COURT: I didn't commit to doing anything.
15 MR. ROSEN: I ask you to do that.
16 And the second point is Your Honor made a misstatement
17 and I want to correct it now because it's going to permeate this
18 proceeding. You described us as a, quote, secured creditor.
19 THE COURT: Well, I think you may be. And I'll
20 explain to you why in a few -
21 MR. ROSEN: We are both secured and unsecured.
22 THE COURT: It depends upon the value of the house.
23 MR. ROSEN: No.
24 THE COURT: Well, we'll talk about in a minute.
25 MR. ROSEN: Our notice of -
1 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, I have my papers on that issue
2 in my chambers, so I'll talk to you about that -
3 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
4 THE COURT: - issue in a couple of moments.
5 I had just come in to try to understand what was going
6 on with the request for equipment.
7 Now how far are you from here?
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: Across the street.
9 THE COURT: All right. So you'll go to your office,
10 you'll see whether you received this thing. And then you'll
11 tell me whether there's any objection - whether you want to go
12 first or you have no objection. If you have no objection, Mr.
13 Rosen gets to go first, and he's promised me an hour and a half
14 or so of taking me through exhibits.
15 And if you want to go first, you'll let me know that
16 when you come back. And I'll see you in about 15 minutes.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right, Your Honor. Thank you.
18 MR. ROSEN: Thank you.
19 (Recess taken from 9:33 a.m. to 10:09 a.m.)
20 THE COURT: On the record, please. Let's resume.
21 Did you receive the tapes?
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: I have something that purports to be a
23 videotape, Your Honor, yes.
24 THE COURT: And, Ms. Kobrin, you make an offer of
25 proof if called to testify you would testify that you served all
1 of the videotape exhibits that are in the Court's official file
2 or the Court's official exhibits on Mr. Zlotoff?
3 MS. KOBRIN: Yes, on August 1st along with a list that
4 listed what they were as videotapes.
5 THE COURT: Thank you. That issue is resolved.
6 If you want to show the tape - I mean the video I'll
7 let you do it subject to what I said.
8 MR. ROSEN: Well, is there an objection now to the
9 video by counsel?
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: I -
11 THE COURT: You made a relevancy objection.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: You know, I've - I've just, as were
13 taking a break, I read the transcript. I don't even have an
14 objection, yeah.
15 THE COURT: That's fine.
16 MR. ROSEN: Well, if, Your Honor, if I'm going first,
17 I will proceed to my opening statement on the motion to dismiss
18 and walk you through the exhibits.
19 THE COURT: That'll be fine.
20 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor, would it - may I have
21 permission to do it from here?
22 THE COURT: Yes, of course.
23 MR. ROSEN: Because I'm handling these volumes of
25 THE COURT: It's standard in my court. It's no
2 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Let me begin by - by
3 THE COURT: Let me interrupt you one second.
4 MR. ROSEN: Sure.
5 THE COURT: Whenever you want to talk about that
6 secured, unsecured issue, both of you, I can talk to you a
7 little bit about it. But we can do that after you're finished.
8 MR. ROSEN: I was going to address it in my - in the
9 presentation, but I'd certainly be interested in hearing Your
10 Honor's comments on it now.
11 THE COURT: The Court's Docket demonstrates that the
12 case was dismissed on April 28th, 1998, but the dismissal was
13 vacated by the Court's order of July 25th, 1998. My
14 understanding is that Creditor's Abstract of Judgment was
15 recorded in the middle of those two dates, on June 9th, 1998.
16 At that point Mr. Henson's case had been dismissed for
17 several weeks, but dismissal was later set aside. So there's a
18 legal issue as to whether the automatic stay was reimposed
19 retroactively when the dismissal order was vacated, in which
20 case the recondition violated the stay and is void under the
21 Schwartz case; or whether vacating the dismissal order did no
22 more than reimpose the automatic stay for the future, in which
23 the case the recondition did not violate the stay and is not
25 The order vacating the dismissal says that it's done
1 prospectively. Also In re Kruger, 88 BR 238, Ninth Circuit BAP
2 1988, held that the automatic stay was in effect between
3 dismissal and an order vacating dismissal, but that holding was
4 based on the dismissal order being void as a violation of due
6 In re Slyman (phonetic), 234 F.3d 1081, Ninth Circuit
7 2000, relied on Kruger to hold the same where the dismissal
8 order was based on failure to attend a hearing, and was vacated
9 upon debtor's claim that he received no notice of the hearing.
10 Here the Docket shows that the dismissal order was on the
11 trustee's request after debtor had failed to appear at the 341
12 meeting. But I don't - I don't believe there was an argument by
13 the debtor that he had no notice of the meeting.
14 I think, if I recall, he thought the case had already
15 been dismissed on his request that he made without legal advice,
16 but then realized that he did have to be in Chapter 13. So it
17 doesn't sound to me at this point as if the dismissal order was
18 void as having been issued for lack of due process. And that's
19 what both Kruger and Slyman rely on to find that the stay
20 continued in effect despite the dismissal order. Neither of
21 those cases holds that the effect of vacating a dismissal order
22 is to resurrect the stay retroactively. And, in fact, they
23 don't address that issue.
24 362(c)(2) provides that the stay expires as to the
25 debtor upon the earlier of the time the case is closed or
1 dismissed or discharge is granted or denied, while 362(c)(1)
2 provides that the stay expires as to estate property when the
3 property ceases to be estate property under 349(b)(3) - I'm
4 sorry - property. And 349(b)(3) provides that dismissal vests
5 all estate property in whomever owned it prepetition.
6 So a dismissal order that isn't void and is merely
7 voidable does terminate the stay for all purposes.
8 Accordingly, it appears as if the creditor's lien is
9 not void as a stay violation. And that means depending on what
10 the value of the house is, the creditor may be fully secured and
11 thus lack standing to object on the basis of the Chapter 7 test
12 or the disposable income requirement. Or the creditor may be
13 partly or wholly unsecured, thus not lack standing.
14 That's my - my preliminary remarks, and you can do
15 them with whatever you whose.
16 MR. ROSEN: Well, let me respond to them because I
17 agree with everything except the last sentence, and I'll tell
18 you why.
19 We have filed a notice of claim which - which I think
20 amounts to about two hundred - a little less than a quarter of a
21 million dollars. We've also - we also have additional claims
22 which some of these are postbankruptcy, including the judgment
23 that I just handed up to you of yesterday of Judge Whyte on the
24 latest contempt proceeding against Mr. Henson.
25 The point is that the - the Abstract of Judgment we
1 filed against the house, against the debtor's house is only in
2 the amount of $75,000, being the amount of the judgment that was
3 entered upon the jury verdict. The statement that you made that
4 if there was - let's say there's 200,000 or a half a million
5 dollars available from the sale of the house, available to the
6 creditor, and we have a stipulation there is only one creditor,
7 us, that we are, quote, secured is incorrect. Because since our
8 security filing, our Abstract of Judgment filing only is the
9 amount of the judgment that we were able to file at that time,
10 which was $75,000, we have additional claims and judgments
11 against the creditor [sic] which are - which are part of the
12 bankruptcy proceeding in that they arise from claims which -
13 which existed prior to the filing of the petition. For example,
14 the award of attorney's fees. We could not file those as an
15 abstract of judgment against the house because there was an
16 intervening order of this Court that you just mentioned
17 reinstating the bankruptcy petition.
18 So it is correct to say that if there is at least
19 $75,000 from the proceeds of the sale of the house available to
20 pay us, that we are a secured creditor for that 75,- or any part
21 of it. I don't believe it is correct to say that we are a
22 secured creditor for all of our claims. Because in the best of
23 circumstances we could only enforce our security to the amount
24 of $75,000. That's the amount of the lien. So we will always
25 be in this proceeding both as a secured creditor and an
1 unsecured creditor.
2 THE COURT: Do you agree, Mr. Zlotoff?
3 MR. ZLOTOFF: Not entirely, because what they've done
4 in their claim - I've talked to Ms. Seid. And Ms. Seid concedes
5 that a good chunk of the claim is for postpetition debt.
6 So the question is - for example, the contempt, I
7 don't know why that would be prepetition debt and subject to the
8 claim. And there are similar other contempt judgments or orders
9 that form part of the - whether the attorney's fee part is part
10 of the judgment is an interesting question. I suppose it
11 probably is -
12 THE COURT: I didn't mean to get into this because
13 we'll - we could spend a lot of time. I wanted to give you my
14 preliminary remarks. You've now given me your preliminary
15 remarks. I don't need to resolve this at this moment.
16 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: Could I just make one other comment,
18 Your Honor? Because I - I was - I was aware of the situation.
19 And actually there is a transcript of the hearing in which the
20 Court heard the debtor's request to reimpose the stay - or
21 reopen the case, I think is what it was - set aside the
23 And I think on page 51 and 52 - I faxed this to Ms.
24 Seid - the Court stated in connection with reopening the case
25 that it intended, as I recall, that the case be in the posture
1 that it was at the time of dismissal. So that the order is not
2 completely - is not completely in sync with the pronouncement,
3 the rendering that the Court made -
4 THE COURT: Who wrote the order?
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: Pardon me?
6 THE COURT: Who wrote the order?
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: I wrote the order.
8 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor, just so the record is complete
9 on this. Mr. Zlotoff faxed to us a sound bite of 51 and 52. He
10 has the transcript, by his own admission. He knows that in that
11 transcript at least two times, I think one of them is on page
12 53, Your Honor made it clear that the order that was not the
13 intention of the Court to retroactively criticize or set aside
14 anything that was done. And, in fact, Your Honor was aware at
15 the time of the hearing that there had been an Abstract of
16 Judgment filed.
17 Mr. Zlotoff unfortunately is giving the Court a sound
18 bite out of context, and he has the transcript and he knows that
19 that's what Your Honor said.
20 More importantly, whatever -
21 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, let's stop. I don't want to go
22 on any further. You asked for my preliminary remarks. I didn't
23 want to turn this into an oral argument.
24 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
25 THE COURT: Let's proceed with the evidence, please.
1 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Your Honor, I might just address
2 your attention out of order to Exhibit 195. And I will not
3 argue your preliminary remarks further. I just ask you to note
4 that this is the amended proof of claim, and we have identified
5 the portions that are, we believe, are postpetition. So that
6 when Your Honor considers it further in a nonpreliminary manner,
7 if Your Honor would just make a note that Exhibit 195 is what
8 Your Honor needs to be addressing and in terms of certainly my
9 comments as to why we're both secured and unsecured.
10 With that, let me - what I would like to do, with the
11 Court's permission, is as follows. I will make my opening
12 statement now on our motion to dismiss the petition. And in the
13 course of it I think the best assistance I can give the Court is
14 to walk the Court through the exhibits so that the Court doesn't
15 have to guess, if you will, as to what exhibits relate to what
17 I should also -
18 THE COURT: As long as you do it in about an hour and
19 a half, that'll be fine.
20 MR. ROSEN: Yeah, I think I could do it.
21 I would also point out the following. We have not -
22 since this is one combined trial, we have not segregated
23 exhibits for the motion-to-dismiss part versus the Chapter 13
24 part. And, in fact, there is a substantial overlap.
25 So I'm - I'm putting all the exhibits in, but, for
1 example, exhibits on bad faith in the Chapter 13 proceeding,
2 discovery misconduct, et cetera, in our view are going to be
3 relevant to both. So I'm doing double duty here.
4 When I'm done with these I've put in indirectly, if
5 you will, my exhibits on both sides of the case.
6 THE COURT: It may be helpful for me if you then go
7 through it on your own when we recess and just tell me exhibits
8 you think apply to which issue.
9 OPENING STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE CREDITOR
10 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Let me give you - let me give you
11 the larger picture. The larger picture of our case and our
12 theory of the case is as follows.
13 Mr. Henson formed a plan in 19- - or late '95, early
14 '96. The plan was to taunt and to abuse the Scientology
15 religion and the various churches within it. Not for profit.
16 He's not an infringer who, like in Napster, who's trying to make
17 economic gain, but for his, as the evidence will show, for his
18 amusement, for just the fun of taunting a religion. And for,
19 most importantly, his stature.
20 And you're going to hear evidence about Mr. Henson's
21 little club that gives out awards for who can cause the church -
22 the Scientology religion the most pain or the most discomfort.
23 You will also hear Mr. Henson testifying and admitting
24 about how the copyright infringement part, which was the
25 beginning of his - of his ongoing scheme of harassment of
1 Scientology for no reason other than amusement, was to see how
2 much money he could cause the church to spend. And you will
3 hear and see deposition testimony of, "It's great. I mean I'm
4 pro se. All it will cost me is I've got to go out and buy a
5 ream of paper every once in a while and I can cause them to
6 spend million dollars of dollars. Isn't that wonderful."
7 The reason I say this is because one has to put in
8 context in a totality of circumstances what this is about. This
9 - this kind of bizarre motivation, if you will, one of pure
10 malice to hurt the Scientology religion is the is the
11 underpinning of the entire proceedings that have been going on
12 now for almost seven years.
13 They start with the copyright infringement case. They
14 proceed then in the filing of this bankruptcy petition for the
15 purpose of - the stated purpose by Mr. Henson, admitted, of
16 derailing the trial of the federal - of the copyright case in
17 this very court before Judge Whyte.
18 Mr. Henson's overall scheme and enterprise of - of
19 hurting the Scientology religion continues with picketing, with
20 his activity of threats that resulted in his criminal conviction
21 in Riverside County for violation of the California Hate Crime
22 Statute, and then his fugitive status. And from his lair in -
23 in - outside this country, he continues to revel in the idea of
24 causing all kinds of discomfort to - and then costs to the
25 Scientology religion.
1 That has permeated this entire proceeding and, in
2 fact, continues right up to now. The September 26th order of
3 Judge Whyte, which I handed up at the beginning of this,
4 exemplifies it.
5 The - Mr. Henson's contempt and his willingness to do
6 things to - to injure the Scientology religion continues. It
7 has never abated. It is the one abiding motivation. Malicious
8 but abiding motivation that has permeated this entire
9 proceeding. That is our theory of the case, if you will, in
10 terms of the bad faith.
11 Now is that all that there is? No. Let's look at the
12 bankruptcy proceeding - proceeding itself.
13 Mr. Henson originally prepared the petition in
14 December of '97 to - to derail what was then the trial date set
15 by Judge Whyte for the copyright case. In February of - he
16 didn't file it because Judge Whyte put it off. In February of
17 '98 he did file it.
18 I want Your Honor to understand the circumstances that
19 existed in February of '98. Mr. Henson is making, according to
20 his schedule, $130,000 a year. He is - he has money in the
21 bank. He has no debts other than debts in the ordinary course.
22 He is current on his mortgage. He's current on his credit
23 cards. Okay.
24 What is he facing? He's facing a trial on statutory
25 damages in the copyright case. The statutory damages are - that
1 the jury could award - are anywhere from $500 for nonwillful
2 infringement to a maximum of $100,000. Mr. Henson certainly,
3 and he - and of course the maximum for - for without a finding
4 of willfulness is only $10,000, so it's $500 to 10,000 for
5 nonwillful. Could Mr. Henson have paid a judgment of that
6 amount? Of course.
7 Mr. Henson, as we have now stipulated, had equity in
8 his house over and above the mortgage, or what you call in
9 California I think the first deed of trust at that time of
10 approximately $160,000. So there was no impending claim, if you
11 will. There was unliquidated claim.
12 But the key part is the liquidate - the amount itself
13 of the potential claim, because a jury cannot award more than
14 10,000 for nonwillful and more than a hundred thousand for
15 willful under the Copyright Act, there was no need to file a
16 bankruptcy petition other than for the sole purpose of derailing
17 the trial.
18 Well, he filed it. And after Your Honor lifted the
19 stay to allow the bankruptcy petition - excuse me - the
20 copyright proceeding to go forward, Mr. Henson withdrew it and
21 he has admitted that the reason he filed his notice of
22 withdrawal in March of 1998 of his bankruptcy petition was
23 because it no longer served any purpose, because the stay had
24 been lifted. That was the only purpose for filing it in the
25 first place. Once that purpose was no longer available because
1 Your Honor lifted the automatic stay, he didn't have any need
2 for the bankruptcy petition anymore.
3 He knew ever at that time what he was facing was a
4 judgment which in the best of circumstances, willful
5 infringement maximum - and there has never been a case, there
6 has never been a case of a hundred thousand dollars maximum ever
7 awarded reported in the history of the United States. In fact,
8 the 75,000 that the jury ultimately awarded in this case itself
9 is a record. There has never been a copyright case in the
10 United - ever reported in the United States in which a single
11 infringed work gave rise to a judgment of $75,000 in statutory
13 And I think you'll see why when we show the tape as to
14 what motivated the jury to give what was an extraordinary award.
15 But the point is and the point that I don't want to miss is, in
16 the financial status, in the sense of need, in the sense of I
17 know an archaic notion, and it's not bankruptcy statute standard
18 of are his assets more than his liabilities. Could he not
19 afford to pay a judgment. The answer is clearly none. And that
20 only reinforces that his use of the bankruptcy proceeding was
21 solely for - was an abuse and was solely for purposes of - of
22 derailing the - the infringement trial.
23 Mr. Henson's bad faith then continues in the following
24 way. False statements in the bankruptcy petition and his
25 schedules. And we have detailed these before you and we will
1 present them as part of the Exhibits, Number 1, valuation of his
2 house. He knowingly valued - listed the value of his house as
3 the amount he paid for it. And he admits that he made no
4 inquiry as to whether there was a - any increase in value since
5 the time he paid. Nor did he make any - and not $1 allowance
6 for the amount of the - of the mortgage he had paid down. He
7 listed the mortgage in full as it was on the date that he got
8 the mortgage.
9 Everybody knows that even no matter what the
10 amortization table, you've - when you make a monthly payment,
11 might be 95 or 97 percent interest, but there is some portion of
12 every mortgage which is amortizing the debt. No attempt to even
13 compute this.
14 His position was, "Here's what I paid for the house."
15 What else? Life insurance. Mr. Henson not only
16 listed no life insurance policies in his bankruptcy petition,
17 but repeatedly denied it, repeatedly denied that he had any life
18 insurance policies.
19 In fact, and I don't fault my brother Mr. Zlotoff for
20 this because I'm sure he was relying only on what Mr. Henson
21 told him, based on what Mr. Henson told Mr. Zlotoff, you're
22 going to see three exhibits, 47, 56, and 67, in every one of
23 which, and this is well into the discovery, the representation
24 is made that Mr. Henson doesn't have any life insurance policy
25 other than a term policy.
1 Okay. Well, we found out that that was false, that he
2 has a whole life policy. That whole life policy had a cash
3 surrender value.
4 THE COURT: Of?
5 MR. ROSEN: It was approximately $7200 at the time.
6 It was not disclosed. And we had to ferret this out.
7 Nowhere in his - it's not just that he didn't put it
8 in his bankruptcy filing, it said he swore under oath he didn't
9 have any. And he has his counsel do his work for him and have
10 his counsel represent to us in three exhibits that there's no
11 such policy.
12 The next major riff on his - and I'm not going to go
13 over all of them because we have briefed you already on the
14 deficiencies in his filings, but the next one is stock. He
15 lists zero stock as - no stock as an asset. What do we find out
16 when we finally do get his records? We go through the records
17 and we see a check. He - I forget, some corporation, I don't
18 know what the name of it was, maybe Xanadu or something like
19 that. We ask him, "What is this?"
20 "Well, we bought stock in the company."
21 This was a private company that he was involved in. I
22 don't - I think it was only about $5,000, but the key is this
23 was within, I think, three months or four months. It was $7500,
24 I'm reminded. Within four months before he filed that
25 bankruptcy petition.
1 Now I would understand that perhaps over a period of
2 time he might say that, 'Well, I paid $7500 for the stock and it
3 went the way of the dot-coms and after a period of time it
4 became worthless,' but there isn't even a disclosure of it. And
5 he has no evidence that he was able to present that the stock
6 was worth was as of the time of the petition. So we have
7 another omission, a substantial omission from his schedules.
8 The next is the artwork. How do we find out about
9 artwork? Nothing - none of which is listed in his bankruptcy
10 schedule. We find out about it through an examination of - of
11 his wife. We find out about it from a home - home owner's
12 insurance policy which insures - which is in the name of Mr.
13 Henson and his wife which insures artwork.
14 THE COURT: For how much?
15 MR. ROSEN: What's the amount of the policy? I mean
16 what's the valuation?
17 I have it here. If you'll just give me a second I'll
18 tell you how much it is. It's in your brief.
19 Nine thousand two hundred and fifty dollars as of
20 1995. What was produced was an insurance policy that covered
21 1995, a home owner's with an art endors- - art insurance
23 So, again, I mean even apart from the fact that there
24 is no - that we don't know what the enhancement of any, and the
25 value was as of the time of the petition, the fact is this asset
1 is not even disclosed in his petition.
2 Okay. We go on. We find, we understand I guess, when
3 we get to the other side of it, the expenses, these numbers are
4 crazy, and Mr. Henson concedes when we ask him in deposition or
5 - I call it deposition. I know I'm not using the right
6 terminology, maybe 2004 exam, but I deal in depositions. To me
7 it's the same, although I know it's not to the Court.
8 We ask him about his expenses, and his testimony is
9 wild-ass guesses. He didn't sit down and go over records in
10 dealing with listing out his expenses. He took the short cut.
11 He said, "I'll just list my wild-ass guesses."
12 Now let's look at the rest of his bankruptcy petition.
13 What happens then? He intentionally omits any disclosure of
14 other debts. He had credit card debts that were in the ordinary
15 course. They weren't in default, but he was carrying credit
16 card balances. He didn't even disclose this in bankruptcy
18 THE COURT: But he had been paying them off every
20 MR. ROSEN: Yes. He was current in the sense that
21 whatever the minimum amount - he was paying at least the minimum
22 amount each month, so he wasn't in default -
23 THE COURT: He wasn't paying the full amount each
25 MR. ROSEN: Correct. He was paying a portion. And he
1 explained, I think, and Your Honor I think heard this before,
2 that what he does is this is - use this for business and he has
3 to advance funds. Then he gets paid by his clients, or whatever
4 it is, so he can make up the - he's got to carry the float, if
5 you will, of paying the credit card company for expenditures
6 made in his business before he get reimbursed by his client.
7 He never disclosed any of that. There isn't a single
8 credit card debt disclosed in his - in his application.
9 THE COURT: How many were there?
10 MR. ROSEN: Thousands.
11 THE COURT: No. How many - he doesn't have thousands
12 of credit cards. How many credit cards are we talking about?
13 MR. ROSEN: In his own name or ones - including the
14 ones in his wife's name?
15 THE COURT: His own name.
16 MR. ROSEN: Or the ones in joint name? There are
17 three kinds -
18 THE COURT: Well, I guess but not his wife only.
19 MR. ROSEN: I believe there were four.
20 THE COURT: Four credit cards?
21 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. There were some in his name. There
22 were, I believe, one or two in joint name, and the rest were -
23 and then there were additional ones that were just in his wife's
24 name. None of this is disclosed in this petition.
25 Next - next comes the discovery. And I really ought
1 not have to spend a lot on this issue because Your Honor was
2 painfully aware of it. The work that we had to go through to
3 get discovery, Mr. Henson's obstruction of it. The number - the
4 Docket speaks volumes as to the number of motions, which I've -
5 unless I'm miss - I misrecollect, every single one was granted
6 by this Court. The number of motions we had to make to compel
7 discovery because Mr. Henson just stonewalled it.
8 Next we come to his admission in deposition:
9 Destruction of documents. It was a big joke. "Well, we had
10 this fireplace." Where's the underlying records for - it came
11 up in the context of a tax return. "Where are the underlying
12 records to support these expenditures?"
13 And it was a big joke. "Ah, we had a fireplace. It
14 was - you know, we needed some warmth. We threw in the
15 fireplace." That's his testimony.
16 THE COURT: This was after the subpoena was served, he
17 threw documents, or before?
18 MR. ROSEN: I don't know. I -
19 THE COURT: I'd like to know that -
20 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
21 THE COURT: - at least at some point in your
23 MR. ROSEN: Correct. I don't know what the answer is,
24 but I do know that the documents - we were dealing with a
25 current tax return. I think it was for 1997. Under the law
1 while Your Honor is addressing a spoilation issue, you know,
2 "Did you have notice when you threw it away"; under the law he's
3 required to keep it. The Internal Revenue Code requires -
4 requires that you retain copies of all documents which support
5 any claim for three years after filing date.
6 THE COURT: Yeah. With all due respect, the inference
7 vis-a-vis good faith or bad faith may - may be the distinction
8 between whether it was before or after the subpoena might be
10 MR. ROSEN: Well, I - I don't -
11 THE COURT: So I'd like to know. I want to ask - I
12 don't want to argue. I just want to know if you know.
13 MR. ROSEN: I was going to say I don't disagree with
14 you. And I will - we will get that information as to when the
15 destruction occurred, according to Mr. Henson.
16 Next we have the remarkable proposition of Mr. Henson
17 saying to us on the record in the 2004 exam a demand for
18 extortion: "You want me to leave you alone. Give me $5
19 million." That's there in black and white. It's part of our
21 Next is we have Chapter 13 plan proposal, which
22 proposes to pay us nothing. And again I'm dealing in a context
23 of a secured, unsecured creditor, because we weren't at that
24 point talking about selling the house. We're talking about the
25 plan as originally proposed.
1 The plan on its face proposes four percent payment to
2 us gross, but it's a payment to the estate and it is subject to
3 the priority of the other claims of administration. The very
4 first fee application Your Honor approved for my brother at the
5 other table exceeded and wiped out the entirety. So as a - you
6 know one can say, 'Well, the plan provided a four-percent
7 payment to an unsecured creditor,' but that's nonsense. That's
8 form over substance. The plan provided zero.
9 The very first order I believe Your Honor entered, and
10 I don't think we even opposed it, for Mr. Zlotoff's fees, was
11 more than the $9,000 aggregate payments proposed under the plan.
12 The original plan that Mr. Henson filed was something like $75 a
13 month. And then there was another one. But the one that is -
14 was before you that he ultimately filed with Mr. Zlotoff's
15 assistance was $150 a month for 60 months. That's $9,000.
16 If he were not paying Mr. Zlotoff out of that money,
17 if he had made separate arrangements to pay Mr. Zlotoff on his
18 credit card, as he did with other people who he didn't put on
19 his bankruptcy petition, -
20 THE COURT: Yeah. Ms. Seid will tell you he can't do
22 MR. ROSEN: He did it.
23 THE COURT: Paid Mr. Zlotoff separately from -
24 MR. ROSEN: No, no. He paid other attorneys
25 separately, oh, yeah.
1 THE COURT: During the bankruptcy?
2 MR. ROSEN: During the bankruptcy. Oh, sure. Put it
3 on his credit card.
4 That's how he paid his - Mr. Harr, a criminal attorney
5 who represented him in California, -
6 THE COURT: I see.
7 MR. ROSEN: - in Riverside County. Okay.
8 THE COURT: But he didn't pay Mr. Zlotoff that way?
9 MR. ROSEN: No, no, no. I don't suggest he did.
10 But the point I was making is knowing that he cannot
11 make a payment to Mr. Zlotoff while in bankruptcy other than
12 through the process of Mr. Zlotoff's application to the Court
13 for approval of his fees, from the get-go, it was even before
14 Your Honor issued the first order approving, it was a
15 zero-payment plan. There was no way in the world that one could
16 ever contemplate that the course of administration would leave
17 one nickel left. That's what he proposed: To pay us zero.
18 And, by the way, to the extent it is relevant and we
19 believe it is, that is exacerbated by the fact that this is not
20 a claim which is dischargeable in a 7. This is a claim for
21 willful infringement that is statutory punitive damages under a
22 federal statute for malicious conduct. So that makes it even
23 worse, to propose a payment of zero to a creditor who has a
24 claim of nature, which is exhibited in a federal court judgment
25 makes it even more offensive.
1 Okay. We go through the additional elements of bad
2 faith. And, again, I don't mean to cast aspirations across the
3 aisle. Even right now, before this Court, the debtor has put
4 in, and just - and put in also before Judge Whyte, the opinion
5 of Judge March, Bankruptcy Judge in Los Angeles, respecting the
6 dispute, the subpoenaed dispute, over the deposition of Henson's
8 In both proceedings, both before this Court and before
9 Judge Whyte, we argued that is sanctionable conduct, to put in a
10 decision of a Bankruptcy Judge - of any judge - that was
11 reversed and you know it was reversed. We told you it was
13 If Your Honor has not yet seen - I won't hand it up,
14 but if Your Honor has not yet seen Judge Whyte's decision of
15 February - excuse me - of September - what's the date on that?
16 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
17 MR. ROSEN: - September 24th on the motion for Mrs.
18 Kobrin to intervene and to withdraw the reference, there is a
19 discussion of this very issue by Judge Whyte. I'm not going to
20 quote it. You can read it yourself. But that's part of overall
21 egregious conduct and bad faith.
22 The final element - and I'm speaking only in broad
23 brushes, Your Honor, obviously. This is a highlight reel. The
24 final element is - oh, and what went with that is the
25 representation of Judge Whyte's order, an initial order on
1 attorney's fees, which everybody knew was reversed. And here
2 again you put in an order of a district court judge and you
3 don't disclose that the Ninth Circuit has reversed it. And I
4 just - you know, I won't say anything about my personal views on
5 - on that, but that certainly is part of it.
6 Before I get to the exhibits themselves, my last
7 comment, again this is a highlight reel, and the exhibits in our
8 briefs address some more issues, but I've given you what I think
9 are the highlights, if you will, as to what makes up the bad
10 faith claim for dismissal under - under the statute.
11 I want to just identify for you, Your Honor, what we
12 view is the legal framework in which this motion comes before
13 you. And I should say with all due respect, we are proceeding
14 to this trial under a reservation of rights obviously. We're
15 not waiving our appellate rights -
16 THE COURT: Well, nobody waives their appellate rights
17 when they go to a trial.
18 MR. ROSEN: I understand that.
19 THE COURT: Why would you tell a judge that?
20 MR. ROSEN: No, no. I just say I want the record to
21 be clear that -
22 THE COURT: The record is always clear. Mr. Rosen, -
23 MR. ROSEN: - that, you know, -
24 THE COURT: - you and I are experienced. We graduated
25 from law school at about the same time. And you don't need to
1 say that.
2 MR. ROSEN: Well, I don't know the rules in
3 bankruptcy. And I know the rules in bankruptcy when you appeal
4 a bankruptcy order are entirely different than the rules I'm
5 familiar with under 1291 and 1292, when you appeal from a
6 district court to a circuit court of appeals.
7 THE COURT: You don't have to warn any judge that you
8 could appeal them, Mr. Rosen.
9 MR. ROSEN: I wasn't warning. I was just saying we're
11 THE COURT: Sure, I know. But you've already appealed
12 me two or three times. I know you know how to appeal, Mr.
13 Rosen. It's a - it's a bullying tactic.
14 MR. ROSEN: Well, I'm sorry, Your Honor, if you view
15 that as a bullying tactic. My comment was simply to state for
16 the record that we preserve our position respecting the summary
17 judgment motion that we had filed and why - and our view that we
18 thought it should have been granted. But that's okay. If you
19 consider that bullying, I - you know, that's in your perception,
20 not mine. I don't bully judges.
21 In any event, getting back to the proposition, the
22 legal framework in which we - we address this issue is as
23 follows. And I'm going to give you only three cases. I'd give
24 you many cases, but I'll give you the top line.
25 THE COURT: What are these cases supposed to show?
1 MR. ROSEN: This is the legal framework in which this
2 issue is being decided, the 1307 issue.
3 Number one is the Jennifer Ho, H-o, case. It's a
4 decision of the BAP of the Ninth Circuit. It is reported at 274
5 BR 867. The case stands for the unremarkable proposition - and
6 it's one of many cases I could cite to you for this, but just to
7 give you, you know, one case - stands for the proposition that
8 bad faith in filing a Chapter 13 petition is, quote, cause under
9 1307, even though cause, bad faith is not listed as a specific
10 statutory definition under the cause definition in that.
11 Secondly, it is again unremarkable in the - in setting
12 forth that a Court in determining whether under 1307 whether a
13 Chapter 13 petition was filed in bad faith should consider the
14 following. And I don't believe the list is exclusive, but it's
15 certainly illustrative. Number one, whether the debtor
16 misrepresented facts in petition or plan; or unfairly
17 manipulated Bankruptcy Code -
18 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, this should have been in a
19 brief. Why are you doing this now?
20 MR. ROSEN: It is in our brief.
21 THE COURT: So why are you doing - why are you
22 repeating this?
23 MR. ROSEN: Well, it's part of my opening statement as
24 to what - as to the framework in which we're looking at this
25 evidence. And if Your Honor will bear with me, it's very short.
1 Number two, the debtor's history of filings and
2 dismissals, which depending on your view this is the second
3 versus the revitalized first one.
4 Number three, whether the debtor's purpose in filing
5 for Chapter 13 was to defeat state court litigation. Here again
6 it's not - the case makes it clear that that in and of itself is
7 not bad faith. However, it's a factor to be considered. And
8 here it's exacerbated by the fact that it is not state court
9 litigation. It is litigation in this district in the federal
11 And number three [sic], other egregious behavior is
12 present. And that's really a kind of a catch-all thing. And
13 the Ninth Circuit says, and it's said several times, that the
14 Court's task is to look at the totality of the circumstances.
15 The case also stands for the proposition, again not
16 unremarkable, that if the Court finds bad faith under 1307 it
17 can do one of two things. It can either convert the 13 to a 7
18 or it can dismiss. And it sets forth the standard: The best
19 interest - the Court is - is directed to exercise its discretion
20 - its discretion on the following ground: What is in the best
21 interests of the creditors and the estate. And I'm reading from
22 page 9 of that decision.
23 This is critical because it is not what's in the best
24 interests of the debtor. It's what's in the best interests of
25 the creditors and the estate as to whether it should be
1 dismissal or conversion. In fact, the option that is given to
2 the Court under 1307 is to be exercised in favor of the
3 creditors and the estate against the debtor. This is there to
4 protect the creditors and, in fact, in a case which later
5 displays the issue, where, for example, the creditors might be
6 better off with a conversion because they would have rights to
7 set aside preferences and transfers that they would not have
8 with the bankruptcy petition dismissed.
9 In any event, the proposition is the Court's
10 discretion is to be exercised under 1307 in favor of the
12 We also have here, as I said earlier, the proposition
13 - the stipulation that there is only one creditor, and that's in
14 the stipulated pretrial order that we submitted.
15 The second of three cases I'm going to bring to your
16 attention is the Leavitt case. The Leavitt case is cited in our
17 brief. And again it has an explication of bad faith, et cetera,
18 and cause for dismissal under 1307. And I certainly commend
19 that to Your Honor because that is the Ninth Circuit itself.
20 And that's the case that the BAP cites to in the Ho decision.
21 The Ho decision, by the way, I brought to your
22 attention because it is February 13th of this year. It's a very
23 current decision.
24 And the last of the three cases I want to bring to
25 your attention, which I think states the obvious as well, is a
1 decision of - of Judge Klein in the Eastern District of
2 California in a case called In re Staff Investment Co. And that
3 is cited at 146 BR 256.
4 THE COURT: Is that in your brief?
5 MR. ROSEN: No, this one's not. We just found this
7 THE COURT: Give me the number again then, the -
8 MR. ROSEN: 146 BR 256.
9 THE COURT: Date?
10 MR. ROSEN: January 5, 1993.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: What's the name of the case?
12 MR. ROSEN: In re Staff Investment Co.
13 The reason this case is interesting because it is
14 similar to our case in the sense that there was really only one
15 creditor, and the question of what the Court should do under
16 1307, dismiss versus convert to a - to a 7, the case is the only
17 one in this district, in the - California that we have found,
18 many others - there are cases in other districts, but I know
19 Your Honor's preference is for cases either in the Ninth Circuit
20 or in the courts of California -
21 THE COURT: Sort of. For cases that are binding on
22 me, I'm concerned about the Ninth Circuit. For cases that are
23 just persuasive or not persuasive on their merits, -
24 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
25 THE COURT: - then a bankruptcy judge here versus a
1 bankruptcy judge somewhere else is probably pretty equal.
2 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Well, in any event, this is a
3 bankruptcy Judge sitting in the Eastern District of California,
4 and he -
5 THE COURT: Judge Klein, -
6 MR. ROSEN: Right, Judge Klein.
7 THE COURT: - whom I know.
8 MR. ROSEN: And I know from seeing the decisions, I
9 believe Judge Klein sits with some frequency in the BAP panels
10 as well. I think I've seen decisions of his from the BAP
11 panels. He addresses this very issue that I've just made, and
12 that is the standard for dismissal versus conversion, the best
13 interests of creditors and the estate. And he has an
14 extraordinarily good analysis of confirming what we all know and
15 what the courts have said, in that the estate does not include
16 the debtor.
17 And this issue - in this analysis and his balancing of
18 interests, the debtor's interests are not part of this equation.
19 It's the estate and the creditors.
20 So I give that to you only because I think it perhaps
21 states the obvious and it states a proposition which is not
22 remarkable, but it is the only case within the bankruptcy courts
23 in California we're aware that does make that explicit finding.
24 With that, Your Honor, I'm going to turn to the
25 exhibit books. And I've just - in the front of each exhibit
1 book -
2 THE COURT: I'm sorry, what?
3 MR. ROSEN: I say in the front of each volume there is
4 an index -
5 MS. KOBRIN: He has - the Judge has a separate index.
6 MR. ROSEN: You also have a separate index for - that
7 has them all.
8 THE COURT: I'm not aware of that.
9 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
10 THE COURT: Where would that be, Ms. Kobrin?
11 MS. KOBRIN: You -
12 THE COURT: The separate one?
13 MS. KOBRIN: No. The separate one is the exhibit list
14 that we sent over that was in the format that the Court asked
16 THE COURT: You would have that, not me.
17 MS. KOBRIN: There were two copies of that sent over.
18 THE COURT: No, my Deputy keeps that so she -
19 MS. KOBRIN: Yes.
20 THE COURT: - can keep track of the exhibits. I don't
21 have that.
22 MR. ROSEN: Do we have another copy to give to the
24 THE COURT: Oh, yes, I got it.
25 Ms. Kobrin, we found it. It was in the pocket of the
1 first exhibit book.
2 MS. KOBRIN: Okay.
3 MR. ROSEN: And, Judge, let me - as we walk through
4 this, let me just indicate what we've done here today and
5 hopefully make your job easier.
6 THE COURT: Do you have the list, Mr. Zlotoff, so you
7 can follow along?
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: The exhibit list? I do.
9 THE COURT: Thank you.
10 MR. ROSEN: Let me just explain what we've done so
11 we'll assist the Court in understanding this.
12 We have a description and an exhibit number of all of
13 the exhibits that are in the volumes. I will as we go through
14 them to the extent that they are being offered only for one case
15 versus the other, I think most of them are an overlap, but I
16 will tell you that because Your Honor did ask to distinguish if
17 they relate just to the 13 as opposed -
18 THE COURT: It all relates to the 13.
19 MR. ROSEN: These all relate - most of these relate to
20 the motion to dismiss as opposed -
21 THE COURT: The 13?
22 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. I meant the confirmation of the 13.
23 What we've done in addition is as follows. In front
24 of each exhibit that is being offered for only limited purposes
25 we have put in a page. If you could turn, Your Honor, just as
1 an example to Exhibit 20 you'll see that -
2 THE COURT: Do you want me to look at the exhibit or
3 the list?
4 MR. ROSEN: I want you to look at the tab in the book
5 of Exhibit 20.
6 THE COURT: Not offered for the TOMA, which is the -
7 MR. ROSEN: Truth of the matter asserted.
8 THE COURT: - truth of the matter asserted, offered -
9 MR. ROSEN: So every -
10 THE COURT: - only - offered only to show that video
11 excerpts were identified and shown to jury.
12 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. Every place - and this occurs
13 frequently. Every place where there is any question about the
14 offering of the exhibit, whether it's for all purposes or just
15 for limited purposes, not for TOMA, whether it's offered as an
16 admission only by Mr. Henson, we've tried to do that so Your
17 Honor has - we don't have to walk through it orally, and Your
18 Honor has an understanding of the purposes for which it's
20 This also - what we have not done redundantly is to
21 reiterate Your Honor's rulings in the in limine. For example,
22 the - we don't have to say in here that the bankruptcy petition
23 of Mr. Henson and his schedules are offered not for TOMA, Your
24 Honor's already ruled on that. But we have done this wherever
25 an exhibit requires an explanation.
1 THE COURT: But for the appellate court, if this goes
2 to an appellate court, it's important to me to make a decent
3 record. So you should articulate when you introduce the exhibit
4 what you're introducing it for. Or if I've already ruled on it,
5 we ought to identify those so they don't have to go back and try
6 to figure out what you're talking about if this ends up.
7 MR. ROSEN: This is part of the record on appeal.
8 That's why we put in the exhibit books that we filed.
9 THE COURT: I don't know that your statement, typed
10 statement here is part of the record on appeal unless -
11 MR. ROSEN: It is. Because if I - if I stood up and
12 did it orally, if instead of doing it an efficient way, by
13 giving you the documents and offering them, in another way that
14 a case is tried, I would stand up and say, 'Your Honor, I offer
15 Exhibit 20. I offer it just for the limited purpose of x.' And
16 you would hear any objection, et cetera. And you would say,
17 "Okay, received into evidence."
18 The statement on the transcript, which shows the
19 limitation of what the exhibit is offered, is clearly part of
20 the record on appeal. What we're doing is instead of my
21 standing here and saying that to you, we've made it part of the
22 exhibits themselves, which we have filed. So there will be a
23 record in the appeal court that - as to whether at they were
24 offered for.
25 And have you written that you're relying on a motion I
1 made at a particular hearing on a particular date in these
2 little typed statements?
3 MR. ROSEN: No.
4 THE COURT: Well, how are they going to know that?
5 MR. ROSEN: The - the decision you made is always part
6 of the record. You have a transcript. You've made rulings on
7 the in limine motions.
8 THE COURT: Yeah, but I don't think that that's
9 sufficient. If I - if you're relying on a ruling I made, I
10 would prefer to keep the record straight here. And if you're
11 relying for a particular exhibit on a ruling I made, I want you
12 to do it orally since it's not written here. Tell me when I
13 made the order and what - what the date was and on what motion.
14 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Okay. Exhibit Number 1 - I'll now
15 start -
16 THE COURT: Are we now going through the exhibits? I
17 should start with Exhibit 1?
18 MR. ROSEN: Yeah, I'm going to go through them now.
19 THE COURT: Okay. Well, you were taking me through
20 this exercise with -
21 MR. ROSEN: Right.
22 THE COURT: - the list, and we're finished with that.
23 MR. ROSEN: Exhibit 1 is a cease-and-desist letter
24 from Ms. Kobrin to Mr. Henson that is being offered to show the
25 - we have to think of a shorthand way for me to describe the -
1 what I said earlier is the overarching enterprise, the entire
2 malicious intent of Mr. Henson from 1996. So I don't want to
3 have to keep repeating -
4 THE COURT: I think the overarching -
5 MR. ROSEN: Enterprise of - of -
6 THE COURT: - enterprise is a pretty good way to -
7 MR. ROSEN: - malice against the church.
8 THE COURT: Pardon me?
9 MR. ROSEN: Of intention - of intention to harm the
10 Church of Scientology.
11 THE COURT: That's fine.
12 MR. ROSEN: Okay. So Exhibit 1 is under that
13 category. Exhibit 2 is under that category. Exhibit 3 is under
14 that category.
15 Exhibit 4 is under that category of bad faith. This
16 is the - the - relates to the activities of Mr. Henson preparing
17 a bankruptcy petition in December to - of 1997 to - to derail a
18 trial that was then set at that time before Judge Whyte.
19 Number 5 is the minutes of the hearing on the
20 injunction in which Mr. Henson was enjoined from physical
21 assault against Reverend Barton. Again just another piece of
22 the ongoing misconduct and greater overall scheme, if you will,
23 common denominator - denominator of Mr. Henson's conduct.
24 Number 6 is the motion to continue the trial dates.
25 Again I've indicated what that applies to.
1 Number 7 is the transcript of the proceedings before
2 Judge Whyte in February of 1998.
3 Number 8 is the - Mr. Henson's - 7 and 8 both relate
4 to Mr. Henson's attempt to delay the trial. He made one
5 application after another to delay the trial. And when Judge
6 Whyte would not hear it any longer, that was when he used the
7 Bankruptcy Court to delay the trial.
8 Exhibit 9 is the voluntary petition filed by Henson.
9 The petition in bankruptcy, and that is one is pursuant to Your
10 Honor's ruling in the in limine motions on September 11th. That
11 comes in only to show what he told the Court and doesn't come in
12 for TOMA.
13 Exhibit 10 is a posting by Mr. Henson of February 25.
14 Exhibit 11 is again bad faith, et cetera. Exhibit 11,
15 the order on RTC's motion to modify the preliminary injunction
16 that had been entered against Mr. Henson.
17 And the reason for that is because even after, as
18 shown in the exhibit - I'm not testifying to this - as shown in
19 the exhibit, the reason this was necessitated was because Mr.
20 Henson in Exhibit 10 threatened to commit contempt, threatened
21 to violate Judge Whyte's preliminary injunction. We were
22 required to get another order from Judge Whyte on that. And
23 that's Exhibit 11.
24 Exhibit 12 is the - is the ex-parte application for
25 additional relief against Mr. Henson. This is yet an additional
1 threat to violate - to commit contempt.
2 Exhibit 13 is the order originally entered in this
3 Court compelling Mr. Henson to attend a 2004 exam. And as to
4 that, by the way, the same issue of delay, delay that Mr. Henson
5 exhibited in connection with the copyright trial before Judge
6 Whyte, was also in ready attendance here before Your Honor.
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Can I - can I butt in here right now?
8 Because I don't - it sounds like we're halfway dealing with
9 exhibits and halfway dealing with argument. And so I'm a little
10 confused as to whether I'm supposed to be saying - I don't know
11 what we're doing, to be honest with you. Are we - are we
12 going -
13 THE COURT: Well, he's just saying this exhibit is
14 introduced on this issue and this exhibit is introduced on that
15 issue. And he's trying to say what he thinks each exhibit shows
16 to identify the issue.
17 Now there is a little argument in it, but it also
18 clarifies which issue the exhibit goes to.
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: And then when he gets to the end of 280,
20 then I go back over from 1 and I say -
21 THE COURT: If you want to do that as part of your
22 argument - your closing argument, I have no objection to your
23 doing that.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
25 MR. ROSEN: Number 14, I believe then, is the - yet a
1 further attempt to delay the proceedings from the Bankruptcy
3 THE COURT: Is there a 15?
4 MR. ROSEN: Number 15 is omitted. Your Honor, there
5 are some - and, if you can believe it, we actually trimmed this
6 back from our original exhibit list.
7 THE COURT: Okay. Just tell me when it's - again,
8 it's for the purpose of the record. So if you go - if you go
9 from 14 to 16, you should just tell me or give me a list - maybe
10 on the exhibit list it's clear that they're omitted.
11 MR. ROSEN: Yes.
12 THE COURT: That's fine. That's enough.
13 MR. ROSEN: You should have - you should not have a 15
14 on your exhibit list.
15 THE COURT: No, I don't. Okay. That's fine.
16 MR. ROSEN: Exhibit 15, the bankruptcy schedules filed
17 by Mr. Henson. This is per with the limitation of your in
18 limine ruling on this 11th of September.
19 Exhibit 17 is the same thing, on the in limine.
20 Exhibit 18, we've given you the special verdict form
21 from the trial. Again the purpose is to show that the jury
22 found willful infringement. And that - and the totality of the
23 circumstances we believe is a factor under 1307, and bad faith.
24 Number 20 is a transcript of certain of the
25 proceedings at trial. 20 and 21. These constitute admissions
1 by Mr. Henson of things like his purpose, his malicious purpose
2 in infringing. He didn't infringe because he wanted to make
3 money. He didn't infringe because -
4 THE COURT: That's a little much, Mr. Rosen. It's his
5 purpose in infringing.
6 MR. ROSEN: Yeah, okay.
7 THE COURT: You don't need to go into an argument on
8 each one -
9 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. I'm sorry. And I apologize. I'm
10 trying to help Your Honor as much as I can so you understand
11 what the exhibits refer to.
12 21 includes the statement from - by Mr. Henson from
13 the witness stand in response to his own attorney's question,
14 "Now that this has happened, would you do it again, would you
15 infringe again?"
16 And his answer was, "Well, I wouldn't do it out in the
17 open" and, you know, kind of wear a mask the next time I stick
18 up the 7-Eleven is the way we - has kind of characterized it.
19 And -
20 THE COURT: Come on. Come on. This is - I don't want
21 any of this, -
22 MR. ROSEN: Yeah, I understand.
23 THE COURT: - Mr. Rosen. None.
24 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
25 THE COURT: Okay. So -
1 MR. ROSEN: Got you.
2 THE COURT: - hold yourself in.
3 MR. ROSEN: I will try. It's -
4 THE COURT: And just -
5 MR. ROSEN: - just I get so - I get -
6 THE COURT: I'm sure you get very emotional, Mr.
7 Rosen, but be like a lawyer and hold yourself in and just tell
8 me the issue it goes to.
9 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
10 THE COURT: Don't describe the exhibit.
11 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Exhibit 22 is a judgment - first
12 judgment of contempt against Mr. Henson. And that goes to his
13 ongoing unitary plan of injuring - of attacking Scientology.
14 20- -
15 THE COURT: Okay. Let's just - let's call that
16 "unitary plan."
17 MR. ROSEN: That's what I asked you before.
18 THE COURT: No. Let's give it one word.
19 MR. ROSEN: Come up with a short -
20 THE COURT: Right. Let's give it one word.
21 MR. ROSEN: Okay. "Unitary plan."
22 THE COURT: Okay, fine.
23 MR. ROSEN: Two words. Okay, that's fine.
24 25 is the - self-explanatory. It's the Court of
25 Appeals affirmance.
1 27, these are the amendments to the schedules in
2 bankruptcy. Again this is important in the in limine. Not
3 offered for TOMA. Just offered to show this is what he told the
5 28 is the same thing. That's his Chapter 13 plan.
6 The same limitation.
7 29 is correspondence to Mr. Zlotoff. Let me just look
8 at this one for a moment, make sure I get this right.
9 This relates to our demands for discovery and the fact
10 that discovery was not forthcoming from Mr. Henson. The - the
11 letters are being offered for the purpose - and there's a whole
12 series of them - for the purpose of demonstrating that we had -
13 we had made demands, we had made remainders.
14 THE COURT: So they're offered for the truth? That's
15 problematic -
16 MR. ROSEN: Offered for the truth that we had made -
17 no. They're offered for the statement that here is our
18 demanding that you produce a certain document. The truth is -
19 and we asked for it before and you haven't given it to us.
20 THE COURT: But that's offering this hearsay document
21 for the truth.
22 MR. ROSEN: It's not hearsay.
23 THE COURT: Why isn't it hearsay?
24 MR. ROSEN: Ms. Seid is available to testify.
25 THE COURT: So it's an offer of proof?
1 MR. ROSEN: Well, it's also part of the record on -
2 THE COURT: Either she testifies or it's hearsay. Why
4 MR. ROSEN: Okay. I - you know something, on
5 reflection I think Your Honor is right. I'll offer it not for
6 truth, but to show that we made demands for discovery.
7 THE COURT: Okay. Now which ones are these?
8 MR. ROSEN: There were going to be several of them.
9 The first one we came to was number 29.
10 THE COURT: Okay. Mr. Zlotoff, if you have agreed to
11 all of these, then I'm not going to say anything, so -
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: I understand.
13 THE COURT: I - I - hearsay can be admissible if
14 there's no objection.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: I understand.
16 THE COURT: So if you don't object, I'll -
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'm biding my time because - that's why
18 I butted in earlier, so I'm going to let -
19 THE COURT: Why are you biding your time? You have to
20 make objections to any exhibits that you think are
21 objectionable. You can make your comments later, but then they
22 either come in or they don't come in.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: I understand. He hasn't offered
24 anything into evidence yet -
25 MR. ROSEN: I'm going to offer them all when I'm done
1 with them, so you can hear -
2 THE COURT: Oh, I see. I misunderstood.
3 MR. ROSEN: - the - the objections all at once. I
4 think it makes for a more orderly presentation to the Court.
5 THE COURT: I see. I understand now. That's the
6 context in which this is -
7 MR. ROSEN: Okay. 30 -
8 THE COURT: - all occurring.
9 MR. ROSEN: Okay. 30 and 31 are - relate to the
10 discovery misconduct of Mr. Henson.
11 THE COURT: And not to the truth. 30 and 31 said not
12 offered for TOMA.
13 MR. ROSEN: Right.
14 32 is a transcript of the proceedings before the
15 Court, again to show that the admissions, that the discovery has
16 not been made, as well as Your Honor's rulings.
17 33 is an order of the Court compelling discovery.
18 34 is another order of the Court.
19 35 is a response by Mr. Henson to an - to the Court's
20 order on discovery, being offered to show again that - not for
21 the truth, but to show that he hasn't produced, hasn't complied
22 with the order, didn't produce documents.
23 36, the jury instruction in the copyright infringement
24 case. Before we had the jury verdict. This is the jury
25 instruction. Just so Your Honor understands, what the jury had
1 to find under the law, to find willful infringement.
2 37, this is a statement not being offered for the
3 truth again, but a statement by the debtor's wife respecting
4 documents that she had produced. Again more discovery
6 39 is a letter, not offered for the truth, to
7 demonstrate that further discovery demands - I should just
8 shortcut this and say discovery obstruction, or whatever,
9 because a lot of these refer to the same thing. That's true
10 with respect to 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 53, 54, 55, 56,
11 57, 58, 59.
12 60 is the transcript of the proceeding that occurred
13 before Your Honor on September 1, 1999.
14 61 is an order on a motion to compel, an order of the
16 62, again discovery. 65, discovery. 65, discovery.
17 66, discovery. 67, response to an order. Again it's a
18 discovery issue.
19 68, this is a separate category. 68 and 69, these are
20 applications by the debtor and his wife to the IRS for
21 extensions of time beyond the automatic extension to August for
22 additional extensions of time to file their tax returns on the
23 grounds that they don't want Scientology to find out about their
24 expenses and what's in their tax returns.
25 I would respectfully submit to you that the other
1 thing they didn't want the Scientology or the Court to find out
2 about in those tax returns -
3 THE COURT: This is going into argument or this is in
4 the exhibit? You are describing exhibits and telling me what
5 category they go into, -
6 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
7 THE COURT: - not giving me argument.
8 MR. ROSEN: Okay, fine. I thought I was giving you
9 argument as part of my opening statement, but -
10 THE COURT: Yes, and I took that as opening statement.
11 MR. ROSEN: This is part of it. This is my opening
13 THE COURT: No - well, no, I don't think so. This is
14 describing the exhibits to be admitted.
15 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
16 THE COURT: You - you - if you want to do an opening
17 statement and talk more about the opening statement, that's
19 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
20 THE COURT: But that would be improper use of an
21 opening statement.
22 MR. ROSEN: Okay. That takes us through 69 and that
23 brings us to Volume II. The first exhibit in Volume II is 76.
24 70- - excuse me - 72. I apologize.
25 72 is discovery. 73 is discovery. 75, 76, 77, -
1 THE COURT: I'm sorry. Yeah, I'm with you now.
2 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. I should say that the - some of
3 these may also contain admissions by Mr. Henson. Like, for
4 example, his letter, 76 is a letter to Mr. Hogan, but - you
5 know, which obviously comes in as an admission.
6 By saying it's discovery I don't mean to exclude an
7 admission by Mr. Henson that may be in addition to it. Any
8 doc- -
9 THE COURT: Confused -
10 MR. ROSEN: Huh?
11 THE COURT: How am I supposed to deal with this? If
12 you're - if you have something here that says not offered for
13 TOMA, and you intended as an admission, then put that in your
14 closing argument, so that - unless it says for -
15 MR. ROSEN: It says it in front of the exhibit.
16 THE COURT: For 76?
17 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
18 THE COURT: I'm sorry. I didn't see that. Are we
19 talking about -
20 MR. ROSEN: 76.
21 THE COURT: Where it says, "Offered only to show
22 Henson's intentional underemployment."
23 MR. ROSEN: Right.
24 THE COURT: Okay. It doesn't say "admission." I
25 understand what you're saying at this point regarding this
2 MR. ROSEN: Well, anything - by definition under 801
3 anything Mr. Henson says is an admission.
4 Okay. 78, the transcript of the proceedings before
5 this Court.
6 80, 81, 82, 83 are all Henson postings which are
7 offered to show misconduct, bad faith, destruction of documents.
8 They're all marked on here in the front of each one as to the
9 particular purpose. None of them are offered for TOMA. They're
10 offered to show Mr. Henson's admissions with respect to certain
11 limited areas, as I've just indicated.
12 84 is Mr. Henson's r?sum?. This I think really
13 relates to the motion to confirm the plan, not to the bad faith;
14 because this goes to the issue of whether - primarily, whether
15 he was underemployed, what he was - the plan represents what he
16 was capable of earning.
17 86 is a declaration by Mr. Henson offered only to show
18 - this is only discovery.
19 87 is the - Mr. Henson's - is the log of Mr. Henson's
20 pickets of the church, which again goes to the fact that he's
21 spending all this time picketing. I think it probably goes more
22 to the motion to confirm the 13 plan, but it could have some
23 significance on the bad faith as well. Probably does, actually.
24 Okay. 89. 89 - 89 relates to the artwork that I told
25 you about and the amount that they - Mr. Henson paid for framing
1 of the - of the lithographs. It's about $1600 I think. This is
2 separate and apart from the value of the documents themselves -
3 excuse me - the value - value of the artwork itself, which is a
4 separate exhibit.
5 90 and 91 are the two appraisals that Your Honor's
6 already aware of. They've been stipulated in. The 410,- as of
7 the date of the petition and the 608,- as of July of 2000, of
8 the Henson home.
9 92 is Mr. Henson's amended Chapter 13 plan. Again
10 this is per your - part of your in limine ruling of September
11 11th, being offered not for TOMA.
12 93, posting by Mr. Henson. Offered to show
13 misconduct. These are - 94 goes as well on the misconduct.
14 95 is document production by Henson. This goes to
15 discovery misconduct.
16 96 - 96, I'm sorry, is a posting by Mr. Henson in
17 March of 1998. And this is an admission where he has picketing
19 97, a transcript of proceedings before this Court.
20 98 is a - Mr. Henson's telephone statement - telephone
21 bill of September 19th, 1999. This is a category we haven't
22 spoken about before, and I should address this.
23 Mr. Henson had in his schedule or in his plan a
24 certain allocation of projected expenses for telephone charges.
25 This is $534 for one month, by an order of magnitude greater
1 than what he had projected. It shows, A, that the - that the
2 expenses that were listed in the plan are - were way off.
3 It also goes to an issue of - I think of bad faith and
4 under Chapter 13 confirmation as follows. The bulk of this
5 bill, and you'll see it from - later on, when we get to the
6 depositions. The bulk of this is long-distance telephone calls
7 having nothing to do with his business.
8 If he wants to go to Florida and picket a Church of
9 Scientology, if he wants to go to Los Angeles and do that, and
10 if he wants to make telephone calls in connection -
11 THE COURT: This is argument.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: Your Honor, you know, -
13 MR. ROSEN: It's argument, okay.
14 THE COURT: I don't want any argument.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: You know, from a little - from a little
16 Pacific Telephone bill, it's amazing what he can get out of it.
17 I - I don't see any of that on there.
18 THE COURT: Right. It's - I'm going to - look, I want
19 to tell you, Mr. Rosen. If you do it more, I'm going to
20 sanction you. I want you not to make argument during this
21 portion of the evidence presentation.
22 MR. ROSEN: But this is part of my opening statement.
23 THE COURT: I told you it is inappropriate and I don't
24 want you to do it.
25 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
1 THE COURT: Your opening statement ended. And if you
2 want - if you want to leave and take a five-minute break, we'll
3 take a five-minute break. This is presentation of evidence. If
4 you want to make an opening statement, then it's not going to -
5 it's not going to be describing each of the exhibits and then
6 turn around and say, "I want to admit them." That's - we're
7 separating it out.
8 MR. ROSEN: What was the next one? We're up to 98.
9 99 is an order of Judge Whyte in the copyright case.
10 100 is an order of the Ninth Circuit.
11 104 is the deed of trust or mortgage on the Henson
13 107 is a posting from Mr. Henson. It's offered simply
14 to show that he threatened to violate the injunction.
15 109, an order of Judge Whyte, which is
16 self-explanatory from the order.
17 110, an order from Judge Whyte granting attorney's
18 fees in connection with the - the copyright case, I believe.
19 Let me just check that to make sure. Yes, these are the
20 attorney's fees granted in the copyright case.
21 THE COURT: Excuse me, Mr. Rosen. I just realized
22 something. To make perfectly clear that opening statements are
23 over, I could have allowed you to make your opening statement
24 right after his opening statement, but we didn't do that. So
25 there's this - that's the way it's proceeded.
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: I was aware of that.
2 THE COURT: Yeah, well, you didn't say anything.
3 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'm content to postpone my opening
4 statement till - till later. At this point I don't think it
5 would serve any purpose for me to -
6 THE COURT: Okay.
7 MR. ROSEN: 111 are the findings and conclusions of
8 Judge Whyte in the contempt proceeding.
9 112 and 113 are postings. Unitary plan, I think is
10 the buzzword.
11 114 is an order of Judge Ware, I believe it is,
12 dismissing the case against the - the IRS. I think it's Judge
13 Ware. Yeah.
14 Okay. 115 -
15 THE COURT: It's -
16 MR. ROSEN: - is a decision of the Ninth Circuit.
17 THE COURT: Wait a second. 1- -
18 MR. ROSEN: 115.
19 THE COURT: 114 is granting the motion of the IRS,
21 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. It's Judge Ware's decision
22 dismissing Henson's suit against the IRS.
23 THE COURT: Yes, okay. Thank you.
24 MR. ROSEN: And the order itself - if Your Honor's not
25 aware of it, the order itself tells you what the relevance is.
1 It's, quote, unitary plan.
2 115 is the Ninth Circuit order of affirmance in the
3 copyright case, one of them.
4 116 is a posting by Mr. Henson. Unitary plan.
5 121 is a posting - give me a second, Your Honor,
7 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
8 MR. ROSEN: I have to explain this. 121 is the
9 document which is referred to on the tape we're going to show of
10 the deposition. It's identified in the videotape of the
11 deposition that Mr. Henson is authenticating and reading from in
12 it. So since the document's not on camera, this is the one that
13 - this is the document that goes with it.
14 THE COURT: 121 or 122?
15 MR. ROSEN: 121.
16 THE COURT: Thank you.
17 MR. ROSEN: 122 is a proceeding before this Court of
18 September 13th, 2000 - a transcript, rather.
19 124 is the posting by Mr. - is a posting by Mr.
20 Henson. Unitary plan.
21 125 - I'm not sure that we really have to make this an
22 exhibit, but for the convenience of the Court we did. We had
23 separately submitted the model plans of other districts on the
24 issue of valuation date. And we made them part of the record
25 here in the exhibit. I think that they're a matter of public
1 record, anyway, but this was just for convenience to make them
2 an exhibit, to collect them in one place.
3 126, let me just - this is the - this goes with it.
4 This is the email showing the - that relates to these plans.
5 THE COURT: I didn't hear what you said. What did you
6 just -
7 MR. ROSEN: Huh?
8 THE COURT: I missed what you said.
9 MR. ROSEN: 126 is the - is the email from EZ Filing
10 that relates to these plans.
11 THE COURT: Okay.
12 MR. ROSEN: So Exhibit 125, -
13 THE COURT: Thank you.
14 MR. ROSEN: - the model plans of other districts.
15 127 is the objection we filed originally, preliminary
16 objection to confirmation back in '98.
17 128 is an order of this Court which speaks for itself.
18 129 is the docket sheet from the criminal proceeding.
19 People of the State of California against Keith Henson. That is
20 the court docket sheet.
21 The next one - that's unitary plan, to use the
23 133 -
24 THE COURT: You're in another volume, and I need a
1 MR. ROSEN: Say again?
2 THE COURT: You're in another volume. I need a
4 MR. ROSEN: Yup, we're up to Volume III. Correct.
5 THE COURT: I'm ready.
6 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
7 MR. ROSEN: Oh, I'm sorry. I am corrected in
8 something. The Exhibit 110 was supposed to be removed from
9 this, so I withdraw the exhibit. It was the original order by
10 Judge Whyte on the fees, which was then reversed and substituted
11 with another one. So -
12 (The Court confers with the Clerk.)
13 MR. ROSEN: - I misspoke and I - it should have been -
14 it should not have been included in the exhibits, Your Honor. I
16 THE COURT: 110 is withdrawn.
17 MR. ROSEN: Okay. 133 and 134, these go together.
18 133 is a posting by somebody, a stranger. It's only there to
19 show that it was posted, not for TOMA, because 134 is a response
20 to it. So if I give you 134 without 133, it makes no sense.
21 135, posting by Henson. Again general category of
22 unitary plan.
23 140, all the way down from 140 through 159, that's all
24 the same category of Mr. Henson's misconduct, unitary plan.
25 160, this is the appraisal of the etching for
1 insurance that Your Honor asked me about before, how much was
2 it. And this is 1985. This is for insurance purposes.
3 164, '65, '66, '67, more postings by Henson. Unitary
4 plan, misconduct, attacking the Scientology, et cetera.
5 168 is under the same category. It's an order of the
6 Court in the copyright case on respecting a protective order on
7 a deposition.
8 171 is the errata sheet that Mr. Henson purported to
9 make with respect to the transcript of this February 18th 2004
10 examination. Let me just check that a second, if I could.
11 This is not offered for the truth nor is it offered
12 for an admission. It's offered solely for the purpose of
13 showing under the category of bad faith that Mr. Henson
14 attempted to change his testimony from yes to no, or whatever it
15 may be.
16 173 is the final judgment in the copyright case.
17 174 is Mr. Henson's application -
18 THE COURT: Wait.
19 MR. ROSEN: I'm sorry?
20 THE COURT: Okay. That's fine. Go ahead.
21 MR. ROSEN: '73 is the final -
22 THE COURT: I was - I was missing something for a
23 moment. I thought I was missing an exhibit, but I wasn't.
24 MR. ROSEN: Okay. '73 - 173 is the final judgment in
25 the copyright case.
1 174 is Mr. Henson's application to proceed informa
2 pauperis. That has an admission in it as to his income. And I
3 believe - well, I'm just going to say that. I - I won't argue
4 from it.
5 177 is - this is the transfer of the Whole Life policy
6 that Mr. Henson owned. The one that we talked about before that
7 has a cash surrender value.
8 178 relates to the same thing. It's his ability -
9 shows his ability to get the policy back after signing it for
10 the payment of $25.
11 179 is a declaration of Mr. Henson in connection with
12 the dispute over the deposition of his daughter. It is only
13 offered to show - not for TOMA. It's only offered to show the
14 representations Mr. Henson made in that respecting his expenses
15 as compared to those that are in his - in his bankruptcy filings
16 with this Court.
17 180 is a history of the loan statement from the
18 mortgagee, World Savings for 1998, which shows, again as I
19 mentioned earlier in my opening, some amount of the original
20 mortgage as paid down as of the date of the petition.
21 182 is a schedule of personal property endorsement on
22 the home owner's policy. And this is the one I believe I
23 referred to earlier that has the identification of the artwork
24 in it.
25 183 is the charging documentation in the criminal
1 proceeding against Mr. Henson.
2 184 is a response - okay. Well, it's a response to
3 summary judgment - a summary judgment motion by RTC in the
4 copyright case. It's being offered to show - well, excuse me -
5 unitary plan.
6 185 is - this is an exhibit which we've just added.
7 We added a couple of exhibits yesterday and gave Mr. Zlotoff not
8 only the copies but we gave them the letter identifying what
9 they were. You have two stipulated appraisals, for the petition
10 date and June of 2000. This is the appraisal - as of June of
11 2000 for the house.
12 This is a current appraisal which was attached to our
13 opposition papers on the motion to sell the house. We think it
14 - to the extent it's important or may be relevant to determine
15 what it is today. Like, for example, for conversion purposes,
16 what the value of the house is today, we would ask that this be
17 included. Obviously we couldn't include it before. It just -
18 it just came up. So I wanted to indicate to Your Honor that
19 as -
20 THE COURT: Now we're getting about the admissibility
21 of this. And Mr. Zlotoff hasn't told us what his position is.
22 MR. ROSEN: I understand. And I'm telling - I -
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, I'll tell you - I'll tell you
24 right now I object because it's hearsay.
25 THE COURT: Okay, that's fine.
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: It's as simple as that.
2 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
3 THE COURT: But I don't need to deal with that now.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: No.
5 THE COURT: I assume Mr. Zlotoff is going to review
6 the exhibit.
7 MR. ROSEN: I - I was d- -
8 THE COURT: I don't want to do them piecemeal.
9 MR. ROSEN: I was doing it for another reason. I
10 wanted to tell you what we had told Mr. Zlotoff in a letter
11 yesterday. I didn't want you to get the impression that we had
12 done something improper, because I'm identifying for you
13 exhibits that were not on our original exhibit list, -
14 THE COURT: That's perfectly appropriate.
15 MR. ROSEN: - but which have come up since then and
16 we've included.
17 THE COURT: It's perfectly appropriate to call them to
18 my attention.
19 MR. ROSEN: Okay. 186, portions of the transcript of
20 July 10th. That's another one that comes under that same
21 category, as is 187, 188, and 189. These all deal with the
22 sale-of-the-house issue and the motions that were before you.
23 189 - I'm sorry. That should have been to 188.
24 189 is a posting which relates to money being received
25 by Mr. Henson from some contributors.
1 191, these are the documents respecting the insurance
2 policy that we spoke about earlier, the Whole Life policy. And
3 it shows the - this is a document that answers Your Honor's
4 question as to what the cash surrender value was at the time of
5 the petition.
6 194 is a proof of claim we filed originally.
7 195, I've indicated that's your earlier - that's the
8 amended proof of claim which was both pre- and postpetition
10 196 is Your Honor's earlier order. That was referred
11 to before granting the trustee's motion to dismiss.
12 197 is an order - is the order of actual dismissal, I
13 guess, from Your Honor.
14 198 is the trustee's final report, and that was part
15 of that earlier proceeding that was terminated.
16 199 is the - the one Your Honor referred to earlier, I
17 guess, final decree of dismissal of May of 1998.
18 2000 is the closing - Exhibit 200, rather, is a
19 closing bankruptcy report on file in this Court.
20 2001 is a transcript of proceeding of July 13th -
21 THE COURT: Not 2001.
22 MR. ROSEN: 201. I'm getting bleary-eyed from reading
23 these. 2- - Exhibit 201 is a transcript of the proceedings of
24 July 13th. That, I believe, is the one we were referring to
25 earlier when Your Honor - yeah. That's the transcript that
1 we're referring to earlier that Your Honor explained what you
2 were doing in issuing the order to reinstate the bankruptcy.
3 2002 is Your Honor's order on that.
4 2003, trustee's objection - excuse me. Did I say
5 "2003"? 203. I'm sorry, Judge. I'm getting a little punch
6 drunk on these.
7 204 is the - I think that's a redundancy. It looks to
8 be the same -
9 THE COURT: Wait a second. I don't have a 204.
10 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
11 MR. ROSEN: Good. You shouldn't have it. It's
12 redundant of 194.
13 205, a transcript of the proceedings before this Court
14 on November 12th, '88 [sic]. I just want to check something on
15 that, Your Honor. Yeah, this goes - this is related to
16 discovery misconduct.
17 THE COURT: Really on the official - we need to mark
18 that there is no 204.
19 THE CLERK: I'll fix that.
20 THE COURT: Go ahead.
21 MR. ROSEN: 206 is the trustee's objection to the -
22 second objection, I think, to the confirm plan filed by the - by
23 the debtor.
24 207, a transcript of the proceedings before this Court
25 of July 6th.
1 And I should say, Your Honor, if I may just
2 parenthetically add something, as you can see, we have put in by
3 way of exhibits materials that are always before the Court.
4 It's the Court's own orders, it's the transcripts, et cetera.
5 We've done it solely to make it convenient so Your Honor doesn't
6 have to go through the files and say, "Where is that transcript
7 from this date."
8 THE COURT: I appreciate that. That's helpful.
9 MR. ROSEN: Okay. But I should also say that within
10 the context of transcripts, obviously they're not being offered
11 for the truth of - if - if one of our side or Mr. Zlotoff makes
12 a representation of fact that's not being offered. They're
13 being offered to show either admissions or to show Your Honor's
14 rulings or Your Honor's comments. And then of course all the
15 transcripts of the court hearings. 209 - or admissions by Mr.
16 Henson, I guess.
17 209 is the - is Your Honor's order lifting the
18 automatic stay to allow the copyright trial to go forward. 210
19 relates to that same thing.
20 And 211 is Mr. Henson's notice of voluntary withdrawal
21 of the petition in March of 1998.
22 We go to Volume IV. Volume IV -
23 THE COURT: Can you help him with that mic, so - you
24 keep hitting into it.
25 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. We go to Volume IV. Volume IV
1 contains three videotapes. We're going to - that we've
2 discussed earlier today. We're going to show one of them.
3 We're only going to offer one of them. We're going to offer 213
4 - is that the right one?
5 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
6 MR. ROSEN: To make it easy, and we will withdraw 212
7 and 214 as proposed exhibits. And we will show that immediately
8 after we move these in with Your Honor's permission. This
9 videotape runs 15 and a half minutes.
10 Exhibit 215 and 216, these are postings by Mr. Henson.
11 Unitary plan, discovery obstruction.
12 Exhibit 221. What is this?
13 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
14 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor may recall in my opening
15 statement I addressed a stock purchase that Mr. Henson made that
16 was not listed as an asset on his bankruptcy filings. 221 is
17 that document. There is a deposition transcript that goes with
18 it, but this is a document dated October - check date, October
19 7th, 1997 in the amount of $7500.
20 222, this goes - this is discovery obstruction. 224,
21 the same thing. 225, the same thing.
22 226, 229 to 232, postings by Mr. Henson. These all go
23 to unitary plan and intent to injure the Church of Scientology.
24 THE COURT: Okay. Mr. Rosen, my Deputy says that you
25 said 232, but she thinks you mean 230.
1 MR. ROSEN: 229 through 232.
2 THE CLERK: Okay. Sorry.
3 MR. ROSEN: There are four of them.
4 233 is a decision of the Ninth Circuit. That was in a
5 Judge Ware case against the IRS, that we referred to earlier.
6 234 is a document relating to the artwork.
7 236 is a posting by Mr. Henson relating to the - this
8 comes -
9 MS. KOBRIN: That's 238. You said -
10 MR. ROSEN: I'm sorry. 238. I misread it. 238 is a
11 posting by Mr. Henson relating to his criminal conviction and
12 his fugitive status.
13 244 is the transcript, portions of the trial
14 transcript in the copyright case.
15 And that brings me to the last volume, Volume V of the
16 exhibits. 249 through - through 251 are the records of the
17 criminal proceedings in Riverside County. 253 and 254 are
18 exhibits identified in that - in those - in that trial.
19 255 is an article from the Toronto Star, which - which
20 we do offer solely for the purpose of showing, confirming that
21 Mr. Henson was a fugitive and he was arrested for entering the
22 country illegally.
23 256 is the notice that Mr. Henson provided to Judge
24 Whyte, I believe it was, that he had filed a bankruptcy petition
25 in connection with the invocation of the stay of the then
1 scheduled bankruptcy trial - I mean for the copyright trial.
2 257, posting by Mr. Henson. This relates to - I'm
3 sorry. Contempt, refers to contempt or demonstrates contempt of
4 the injunction.
5 258 is another injunction issued against Mr. Henson,
6 temporary injunction. Again under the category of unitary plan.
7 260. 260 are pages of the trial in the criminal case
8 in Riverside County against Mr. Henson. They're before offered
9 solely for the purpose of showing the evidence upon which the
10 jury - that the jury heard and upon which the jury convicted
12 261 -
13 THE COURT: 260- - we're going back to 261? I thought
14 you were -
15 MR. ROSEN: The last one was 260, I think.
16 THE COURT: Okay.
17 MR. ROSEN: I'm sorry if I misspoke. The one I was
18 referring to in the trial transcript in Riverside County, the
19 excerpts, is 260.
20 THE COURT: Okay. I may have misheard you.
21 MR. ROSEN: So I now go to - huh?
22 THE COURT: I may have misheard you. I -
23 MR. ROSEN: Okay. 261 and 262, unitary plan, to use
24 our shorthand. 264, the same thing. 265, the same thing. And
25 also shows his fugitive status.
1 266 is unitary plan.
2 267 through 272, 267 through 272, I should - let me
3 withdraw that. I'll say it again.
4 267 through 270 and 272, because there is no 271. The
5 same thing, postings by Mr. Henson.
6 273. This is the order of the superior court,
7 criminal court in Riverside County.
8 274, posting by Mr. Henson. This posting is offered
9 as his admission that he committed contempt of the federal court
10 injunction. That's the purpose of it.
11 275, 276, 277, 278, and 279 are all excerpts, page and
12 line, of testimony by Mr. Henson given in deposition either in
13 the - the copyright case, which is 275, or the depositions, or
14 2004 exams before Your Honor.
15 I will not take the time to go through and identify
16 for you what each excerpt relates to. And, in fact, most of
17 these excerpts have already been identified for you in our
18 summary judgment brief as to what they relate to. Suffice to
19 say, they all relate to one or the other of destruction of
20 documents, the $5 million, unitary plan to hurt Scientology,
21 discovery misconduct, or admissions. All of the - any one of
23 I don't believe, as I went through these, that there's
24 anything different, if you will, than what I've already said.
25 And that brings us to 286, the last exhibit, which is
1 - this is the deposition of transcript of - deposition of Mrs.
2 Chamberlain. This relates to the insurance policy. And that is
3 being offered for the truth. Mrs. Chamberlain is in Arizona.
4 It's a deposition taken in this case. And she is an unavailable
5 witness under Rule 32.
6 240- - oh, I'm being told that...
7 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
8 MR. ROSEN: ...that we might have a redundancy as to
9 one exhibit. Rather than take your time, during a break we'll -
10 we'll look at it and see. If it is, we'll withdraw it. We're
11 not - our intention is not to put in more than one copy of any
12 particular exhibit.
13 Your Honor, I - based on the - on the presentation
14 just made, I move into evidence and will ask after that only for
15 permission to play one videotape, Exhibit 213. I move into
16 evidence all of the trial exhibits I've now identified in here.
17 Obviously except for the ones that we've withdrawn during this
19 THE COURT: How much time do you need to start
20 responding to the introduction of all the exhibits? Are you
21 ready? I would think we'd see the movie first, the little -
22 whatever it is.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
24 THE COURT: The videotape. And then I will need a
25 little bit of break, so -
1 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
2 THE COURT: But we could break for lunch just as well,
3 because it's now 12:10, and we're going to sit through the
4 movie. So I would think that we'll be finished about 12:30.
5 MR. ROSEN: Good.
6 THE COURT: And it may make sense at that time to
7 break for lunch.
8 MR. ROSEN: Okay. We'll drop it in the mail -
9 THE COURT: Well, it needs to be moved.
10 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
11 THE COURT: Right.
12 MR. ROSEN: Just take a second.
13 (Comments off the record regarding the VCR.)
14 THE COURT: Go off the record, please.
15 (Videotape played from 12:12 p.m. to 12:51 p.m.)
16 THE COURT: We're in recess until 2:05. That's an
17 hour and 15 minutes.
18 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor, I did check with Ms. Kobrin
19 and confirmed that we do have a duplication. I would like to
20 move to withdraw Exhibit 244. It is redundant of Exhibit 21.
21 THE COURT: And for - if you have time to do a little
22 legal research during the break, although it may have well been
23 cited to me, you might take a look at Eisen, 14 F.3d 469, a
24 Ninth Circuit opinion.
25 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
1 THE COURT: Thank you.
2 (Luncheon recess taken from 12:52 p.m. to 2:22 p.m.)
3 THE CLERK: All rise.
4 THE COURT: Thank you. You may be seated.
5 I thought we were going to start at 2:05, but I guess
6 you may have misunderstood.
7 Mr. Zlotoff, do you have any position with respect to
8 any of the exhibits that have been sought to be introduced? If
9 you want to do that first or if you want to do your opening
10 statement first, that's fine.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right, Your Honor.
12 Let me - is it okay if I don't go in order with
13 respect to the exhibits?
14 THE COURT: Sure.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. Let me start with the tape and
16 the last binder.
17 THE COURT: Is that the one we saw just a few minutes
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: The binder's actually -
20 THE COURT: For the record, can you help me, Ms.
21 Kobrin, what tape did we just see?
22 MR. ROSEN: Exhibit 213.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: 213.
24 THE COURT: Thank you.
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: Because it together with - let me just
1 lump some things together. This would be - lots of the
2 postings, for example, 261 and 262 -
3 THE COURT: There are lots of postings, Mr. Zlotoff.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: I know.
5 THE COURT: So you have to organize it for us. If you
6 want to deal with 20 exhibits at once, that's fine, or you march
7 through one by one -
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'm -
9 THE COURT: - and decide what your position is.
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah. I'm going to just take a - I'm
11 going to clump some together right here -
12 THE COURT: That's fine.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: - out of the last binder.
14 So 261 and 262 are postings with absolutely no
15 context. And so to anybody but an insider they mean absolutely
16 nothing. They're not focused towards RTC or Scientologist, that
17 I can see at all. And so to me they're utterly irrelevant.
18 That's 261 and 262.
19 So whereas they may have been written by Mr. Henson, I
20 - to me they - they don't pertain to anything that's relevant.
21 THE COURT: I started with the second one first, 262.
22 It means nothing to me. Unless there's somebody who can present
23 - a witness who can present a context, it has no context. It
24 doesn't say anything about Scientology. I don't know what it
1 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Can I tell you?
2 THE COURT: I guess, but you need a witness to tell
4 MR. ROSEN: I don't think so. I'll tell you why.
5 THE COURT: Without facts. I mean I can only take
6 your argument. I can't take facts. Sure.
7 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Here's my argument. The evidence
8 that relates to these two exhibits -
9 THE COURT: Um-hum.
10 MR. ROSEN: - is one of the exhibits we have offered.
11 It is the trial testimony in Riverside County criminal court
12 that Mr. Henson harassed Scientologists by, number one, making
13 postings about aiming missiles at the Scientology facility. And
14 - and, number two, made threats about - about bombing, how to
15 make a bomb to blow up the Scientology facility.
16 So when you say - when counsel says it's out of
17 context, the context is supplied by the exhibit which is the
18 trial transcript of the testimony which identifies these things
19 - which identifies these postings -
20 THE COURT: Okay. But I won't be able to make those
21 connections by myself. So what I'll do probably is have you do
22 a posttrial brief that relates these documents that have no
23 context rather than having me do it and try to figure it out.
24 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Well, -
25 THE COURT: And then we'll take the - the objection
1 under submission pending a brief by the other side and an
2 opportunity for Mr. Zlotoff to respond connecting these to
3 something that seems relevant. But on their face there's no
4 apparent relevancy.
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: And that brings -
6 THE COURT: So I will - for the - I think it's easier
7 to do it this way. They're not admitted, but they can be - I
8 will consider a brief afterwards as to whether they should be
9 admitted. But at this -
10 MR. ROSEN: And this issue is relevance, right?
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes.
12 THE COURT: Well, I don't know what they stand for so
13 I don't know what they're submitted for.
14 MR. ROSEN: Well, you said context. Does "context"
15 mean - context is not a grounds for objection. I assume -
16 THE COURT: Right.
17 MR. ROSEN: - it means relevance.
18 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right. I said relevance. Relevance.
19 MR. ROSEN: No. I was asking the Judge -
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: Oh.
21 MR. ROSEN: - what his view was. I heard what you
22 said. I just want to make sure I satisfy Your Honor in his
23 posttrial brief. What you're - what you're asking is relevance
24 when you say context, right?
25 THE COURT: I don't see any other possible objection
1 to them.
2 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
3 THE COURT: And Mr. Zlotoff has raised relevance, so
4 that's the only objection I have before me.
5 MR. ROSEN: Okay. I just want to make sure that you
6 were using "context" as a synonym for "relevance." Okay.
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. And that -
8 MR. ROSEN: No problem.
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: That brings me into the next clumping of
10 objections that I have, and that would be Exhibits 249 to 255.
11 THE COURT: Wait a minute. You've got to go slowly.
12 249 to 255?
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah. And then let me just - two other
14 - 260 and 264 to 265. And these all relate to the criminal
15 trial, and messages, newspaper articles, and the like with
16 respect to his fugitive - with respect to debtor's fugitive
18 THE COURT: Okay. But you've got to give me the
19 objection -
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, the objection is -
21 THE COURT: - to each one.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: - the objection is relevance, Your
23 Honor. And -
24 THE COURT: Okay. Let's go through them.
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: If I could, Your Honor, at this point
1 I'd like to also, for the same reason, object to - can I go
2 through some more? Because I have just a general argument I'd
3 like to make with respect to several of these different types of
5 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor, -
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: It's all going - it's all going to be
7 based on relevance.
8 MR. ROSEN: Your Honor, I missed something.
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: All the grounds are relevance.
10 MR. ROSEN: Counsel started with 213, the videotape,
11 but I didn't hear his - did I miss something or what is the
12 objection to that -
13 THE COURT: I don't think he's objected to 213.
14 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes, I did. That's relevance as well.
15 THE COURT: You mentioned that now?
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes.
17 THE COURT: I remember you said it before.
18 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
19 THE COURT: Okay.
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: Here's the problem I have with these,
21 and I'll just state it now and then I'll go over some of the
22 other groups -
23 THE COURT: 249 and 255, 260, 264, 265, -
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
25 THE COURT: And - the tape which was -
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: 213.
2 MR. ROSEN: 213. I'm a little at a loss because
3 counsel stipulated before we played the tape that he had no
4 objection to it. So I don't understand how you can say, "I have
5 no objection" and now say, "I object on relevance grounds."
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: Did I waive relevance when I -
7 THE COURT: That's my recollection.
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: Is that true?
9 THE COURT: My recollection is -
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
11 THE COURT: - that you said you have no objection to
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: That's - that's fine, because here's the
14 situation, Your Honor, that I - I mean these people have
15 obviously been on this case too long. To me, I looked at the
16 tape and it meant absolutely nothing, which is - and part of me
17 said, well, why even bother objecting. This means nothing. I
18 don't care about Scientology one way or the other. To me it's
19 somebody exercising free speech. What difference does it make?
20 They may not like it. I may not like the disrespect
21 he shows to someone's beliefs, but so what? You know, and
22 they're trying to make these grand conspiratorial arguments and
23 the - and everything like that. And to me, you know, it seems
24 like just - like in the 1960s there were protesters. And I
25 remember the Chicago 8 trial in -
1 MR. ROSEN: Chicago 7.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, at one point it was Chicago 8.
3 THE COURT: He's right.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Chicago 7.
5 THE COURT: I don't remember about Chicago 8, -
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: But - we both remember, but the point
7 is -
8 THE COURT: - but I remember the Chicago 7.
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: The point is we remember and we remember
10 that -
11 THE COURT: Not exactly do we remember.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: Not exactly.
13 MR. ROSEN: It was tried right after the Indianapolis
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: But the point I'm trying to make, Your
16 Honor, is that there too you had people who -
17 THE COURT: Mr. Zlotoff, here's the problem with
18 this -
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
20 THE COURT: - you've - you're going through these and
21 it sounds to me like if I try to deal with this, you know, you
22 object to a 50-page document. I have never read that document.
23 So I can't really do this very effectively.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
25 THE COURT: I think maybe what we should do - and
1 you're going to go through - do you have a lot of objections?
2 If you do, then what we should do is I give you a chance to file
3 a brief explaining each of your objections, or you put them on
4 the record and he responds and we do it orally, but that could
5 take days at this -
6 MR. ROSEN: It's not going to take days, Judge.
7 THE COURT: Good.
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, because my grounds -
9 MR. ROSEN: Because, with all due respect, we had
10 discussed some of this. And, as Mr. Zlotoff says, he throws a
11 blanket over a whole bunch of exhibits that he says are
12 relevant, are relevance objection, as he's just done. I can
13 respond to that in two minutes, -
14 THE COURT: Okay.
15 MR. ROSEN: - but if you don't see the relevance, i.e.
16 the context, then as to any of these that you don't see it, you
17 would say presumably the same thing to me, "Mr. Rosen, the
18 relevance doesn't jump out at me, so why don't you explain in
19 your brief why it's relevant."
20 So I mean I think we can do this because Mr. Zlotoff
21 has indicated he's got basically a relevance objection. He's
22 going to throw blanket over many of these.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
24 THE COURT: But I'm not able to respond -
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
1 THE COURT: - to whether a 50-page transcript in a
2 criminal trial is or isn't relevant, having not read it and not
3 knowing anything about the specific context other than what
4 you've told me throughout the course of the trial at various
5 times, that it would be too hard for me to do it that way, -
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: I see - all right.
7 THE COURT: - without going through -
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
9 THE COURT: - and looking - you've read these
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: No, I haven't. I -
12 MR. ROSEN: Oh.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: Not - not seriously, because to me it
14 doesn't matter. None of this matters.
15 THE COURT: That's fine. Then make - if you both want
16 to do it orally, I'm here to serve.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, only if - only if I - if I could
18 just paint a broad brush and just - to simply say that -
19 THE COURT: Well, you can paint whatever kind of brush
20 you -
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: Uh-huh.
22 THE COURT: - make in terms of your record, but I - I
23 will then have that record -
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
25 THE COURT: - and Mr. Rosen's remarks. And that will
1 be my record on which I'm going to have to make a ruling.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. Well, you know, I don't want
3 to - I'd like to get done with this today really is my main
5 THE COURT: That would be wonderful if that were
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: I think I would rather just defer this
8 part then. I mean if we have to do it by brief, sobeit. I'd
9 rather not waste time on this issue.
10 THE COURT: Okay.
11 MR. ROSEN: Now wait a minute. If you have a
12 relevance objection and that's more easily disposed of in a
13 brief, I don't have any problem with that. But I want to know
14 any other objection that counsel has -
15 THE COURT: Why? You'll have an opportunity to
16 respond. Why do you need to take our trial time now to arguing
17 about whether something is or isn't relevant if you're given a
18 full opportunity to respond?
19 MR. ROSEN: I don't think, Judge - maybe I misspoke
20 and maybe you didn't hear me. Let me say it again.
21 THE COURT: Okay.
22 MR. ROSEN: If the only objection is relevance, Your
23 Honor's view that I can explain the relevance of an exhibit, of
24 a posting in a brief is fine with me.
25 THE COURT: Okay.
1 MR. ROSEN: I want to know if there are any other
2 objections other than relevance, because if there are I may be
3 able to cure them by putting a witness on. So discussing them
4 in a posttrial brief doesn't do me any good. I would never put
5 a witness on to explain relevance, okay? But if there's
6 anything else that he objects - any other grounds for objection,
7 I want to know about it so I can deal with it.
8 You know, some of these - some objections I could -
9 are curable instantaneously.
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
11 MR. ROSEN: But I - I need to know what the grounds
12 are for these objections other - if there's any other than
14 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. As to the ones we've just
15 discussed it's just relevance.
16 MR. ROSEN: Okay, fine.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: Now let me - let me pick some other ones
18 quickly, if I can.
19 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, you're starting to respond to
20 him, not to me.
21 MR. ROSEN: I apologize, Judge.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Let me pick some other exhibits and see
23 if we have the same problem.
24 Exhibit - there's a series of exhibits starting at 30-
25 - 37. Can I - once again what I'd like to do is just number
1 them, because they all have the same problem, I think. It's 37,
2 39, 41, 42 -
3 THE COURT: Wait. You're going a little fast.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
5 MR. ROSEN: 37.
6 THE COURT: It's 37, 39, 41?
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah. 42, 46, 48, and 54.
8 And the -
9 THE COURT: Mr. Zlotoff, is this a relevance
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: No. This is -
12 THE COURT: Okay.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: This is hearsay, because they all deal
14 with Arel Lucas. They all deal with either Arel Lucas or her
15 attorney. They are letters either to or from Arel Lucas or her
16 attorney. And I just don't know why they should be admitted as,
17 for example, -
18 THE COURT: For the truth.
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right. Because I mean I can distinguish
20 between letters from Henson.
21 THE COURT: Sure.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Or from myself, as his attorney, but I
23 don't know why -
24 MR. ROSEN: I could deal with this very simply. I
25 think counsel misunderstands her and did not here my comments.
1 37 is a - Ms. Lucas' preamble to documents she
2 produced on December 16th. It's being offered not for the truth
3 of the matter. It's being offered solely for what she says in
4 the preamble, including that she's not producing any
5 jointly-owned documents because Mr. Henson instructed her not
7 39 -
8 THE COURT: That's for the truth.
9 MR. ROSEN: That's the for the truth, yeah. That's an
11 THE COURT: It's not an admission by Mr. Henson.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: Why is it an admission?
13 MR. ROSEN: It's - oh, it's a declaration against
15 THE COURT: By Ms. Lucas, not by Mr. Henson.
16 MR. ROSEN: It's a declaration against interest by a
18 MR. ZLOTOFF: Who's here.
19 THE COURT: Right.
20 MR. ROSEN: It doesn't make any difference. It's
21 under - unavailability doesn't matter. It's - it's 803.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: I thought that's why I lost on one of
23 the motions in limine.
24 MR. ROSEN: Let's go to - let's go to the videotape.
25 804, I'm sorry. 803 is regardless of unavailability. 803
1 allows for exceptions -
2 THE COURT: Wait. There's many sections of 803.
3 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
4 THE COURT: So take me to - 803. what?
5 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
6 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
7 THE COURT: This proves my point, gentlemen, that it's
8 going to be very hard to do this and do research on it, you
9 know, on the spot.
10 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Well, let me - let me - let me see
11 if I could just eliminate some of them.
12 39 is a letter from Ms. Kobrin to Mr. Greene. We
13 already - I said when I offered it, it's not being offered for
14 the truth. It's being offered to show that we are making
15 demands for discovery, that - and for compliance with Your
16 Honor's order. So that issue of hearsay, that contention for
17 hearsay doesn't apply.
18 41 is a letter from Mr. Greene -
19 THE COURT: Wait a second, please.
20 MR. ROSEN: The first volume, Judge.
21 THE COURT: The first volume is 1 through 71, okay.
22 Thank you. Give me one minute.
23 MR. ROSEN: Sure.
24 THE COURT: What number are you up to?
25 MR. ROSEN: 39 is the one I just addressed. It's a
1 letter from Ms. Kobrin.
2 THE COURT: Solely to - for the purpose of showing
3 that RTC demanded responses to discovery?
4 MR. ROSEN: Correct.
5 THE COURT: Okay. Now that doesn't seem objectionable
6 if that's the only reason it's offered for. Does it say that on
7 this? No, it doesn't say it on the first page, as you provide
8 on some.
9 MR. ROSEN: Right. I said - I believe I said it when
10 I offered it, Judge.
11 THE COURT: You may have. I don't - I would have to
12 go back and listen to the tape.
13 MR. ROSEN: If not I'll correct the statement now.
14 THE COURT: Yeah. This doesn't - this is not offered,
15 as I understand it, for the proof that discovery hadn't been
16 provided, because it's only offered for the - for the purpose
17 of, according to what I understand Mr. Rosen to have just said,
18 it's only offered for the purpose of showing that RTC demanded
19 certain kind of discovery, but not that discovery was provided
20 or wasn't provided or whether - whether what she was demanding
21 reasonable or totally unreasonable. It's merely being offered
22 that a lawyer is asking for discovery.
23 Is that fair?
24 MR. ROSEN: That's correct. No hearsay.
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: And the fact - and the fact that we
1 have, I'm sure in here, documents that required Ms. Lucas to
2 produce documents isn't sufficient? I mean this isn't a
3 redundancy or the Court doesn't see that as making this
4 document -
5 THE COURT: Well, that gets into relevance again, -
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
7 THE COURT: - and you've reserved that.
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. I withdraw my objection on
9 that point then, for the -
10 THE COURT: You - the relevance, we're not dealing
11 with, right?
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: No, not - no, we're not.
13 THE COURT: We're just - because it's getting
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
16 THE COURT: You were only talking about nonrelevance
18 MR. ROSEN: 41 is the letter from Mr. Greene to Helena
19 Kobrin on discovery. And the -
20 THE COURT: And it specifically says not offered for
21 truth, so -
22 MR. ROSEN: Right. Only to show discovery obstruction
23 on the face of it. That's all.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: But why isn't that offered for the
25 truth, though? The whole -
1 MR. ROSEN: It's not.
2 THE COURT: It is.
3 MR. ZLOTOFF: But the whole issue, the only reason
4 that's relevant is to show his bad faith, I thought.
5 THE COURT: It's hearsay. If it's offered to show
6 obstruction, it's hearsay. It's not hearsay if there was
7 relevance to show that he sent the letter, but it -
8 MR. ROSEN: Judge, it's offered to show the response.
9 Whether the response by Mr. Greene is true or not, the offer is
10 not - the letter is not being offered for that.
11 It is not being offered for the truth of whether when
12 Mr. Greene says, "I put it into the mail to you last week,"
13 whether that's true or not. That's -
14 THE COURT: Then it's not relevant -
15 MR. ROSEN: That would be hearsay. It's offered to
16 show the response that was provided. On its face, without Your
17 Honor having to decide whether or not there is any truth in the
19 THE COURT: I have to - I have to ask you a question,
20 and this - this gets into the problem with doing it this way,
21 trying to limit - exclude all relevance objections, but not
22 other objections.
23 Looking at this it appears to me to be hearsay, but if
24 it's not hearsay it may be irrelevant. So it's a little - they
25 overlap. A lot of documents could be hearsay, but if not
1 offered for the truth then you get into the relevance. And
2 you're saying it's not hearsay, therefore - I'm sorry - it isn't
3 hearsay, but if it's not hearsay, then I don't understand -
4 MR. ROSEN: Let me give you an example. If -
5 THE COURT: Well, why don't you give me this example.
6 MR. ROSEN: Okay. And, by the way, I wanted to
7 preface it by saying under your order in July, these kinds of
8 things, where you have objections to a class, were supposed to
9 be presented in limine. We weren't supposed to be here doing
10 this over a whole series of exhibits that Mr. Zlotoff has a
11 blanket objection to relevance.
12 He had these in August. If he didn't read them and
13 decided not to make an in limine - Your Honor made a specific
14 comment about it, "I don't want to have to do exactly what's
15 happening in this trial. I want you to put them in limine
17 Okay. Let's go with Exhibit 41 and -
18 THE COURT: I, by the way, remember the general
19 context of those remarks, I don't remember whether they ever
20 rose to an order of the Court. But I do remember the general
21 tenor of the remarks.
22 MR. ROSEN: When you say it's an order by definition,
23 even if it's a lower case "o."
24 All right. Let me give you an example from this
25 letter. The response to the question at page 54 is "Union
1 Bank." Okay. If it were offered to show that the answer to the
2 question in a deposition is "Union Bank" it would be hearsay.
3 If it was offered to show that the response that we
4 received was "Union Bank," it's not hearsay, because you're not
5 being asked to decide whether the response is true or not. It's
6 that simple.
7 THE COURT: Okay. You received that response to a
8 particular question.
9 MR. ROSEN: Right.
10 THE COURT: I think that's probably not hearsay, that
11 that's - the response you received - but then that flops us over
12 to whether it's relevance, and we're reserving that.
13 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
14 THE COURT: So that may be correct.
15 Do you agree with that analysis, Mr. Zlotoff?
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Not really, but I really don't want to
17 belabor it, Your Honor.
18 MR. ROSEN: The next one is 42 which is a letter from
19 Ms. Kobrin. Again it's the same as the last one: Not being
20 offered for the truth, being offered to show -
21 THE COURT: Wait a second.
22 MR. ROSEN: - that we were making a demand. 42.
23 THE COURT: I know.
24 I think it's not hearsay if the only purpose is to
25 show that a demand was made, not to whether the demand was
1 reasonable or valid or appropriate, but just that a demand was
2 made, it's not hearsay.
3 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. If -
4 MR. ROSEN: The same with 46.
5 THE COURT: Let - let Mr. Zlotoff respond.
6 MR. ROSEN: I'm sorry.
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. Well, then I will presume that if
8 that's the case then we will not have Mr. Rosen commenting
10 THE COURT: The merits.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: ...the merits of this response.
12 THE COURT: That's right.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: In other words, -
14 THE COURT: That's right. Only that "This is the
15 response we got." He could say, "Here's the question we asked.
16 This is the response we got."
17 MR. ROSEN: Right.
18 THE COURT: That's - then he'd have to stop.
19 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
20 THE COURT: He wouldn't be able to go further and say
21 that the response was true or not true, just, "This is the
22 response we got."
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
24 MR. ROSEN: Which I've conceded from the beginning.
25 THE COURT: Okay.
1 MR. ROSEN: 40- -
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
3 MR. ROSEN: 46 is the same thing. It's a letter from
4 Ms. Kobrin to Mr. Greene. As is 54, it's a letter from Ms.
5 Kobrin to Mr. Greene. The same thing.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. Well, with the same
7 understanding, Your Honor, that it is limited in that respect
8 and that -
9 THE COURT: Now wait a second. Let's go back a
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: Uh-huh.
12 THE COURT: Let's say he was able to prove through
13 other evidence that the answer "Union Bank" through other
14 evidence is a total lie, then I think he could do that. So he
15 would say, "This is the response we got."
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
17 THE COURT: "And I can prove to you by documents 1
18 through 20 that that's an incorrect answer" or "that's an
19 incomplete answer." He could do that.
20 MR. ROSEN: Right.
21 THE COURT: He can't - he can use other evidence to
22 prove that.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah. But - but if - right. He can use
24 other evidence. That's right.
25 THE COURT: To prove that it was a lie, -
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: But - but if -
2 THE COURT: - that the response was a lie or the
3 response was incomplete.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: But if Ms. Lucas gets on the stand and
5 it turns out that something in this letter is not right, I don't
6 think he's got the right to say, "Well, look what's in this
7 letter," -
8 THE COURT: Why?
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: - "it's contradicting what you're saying
11 THE COURT: Why can't he cross-examine her based on a
12 response to show that she's not credible? That she gave a
13 response, x, and 'I can prove through documents 1 through 20
14 that the response was incorrect and that she had reason to know
15 it was incorrect and therefore she's not credible'; why wouldn't
16 he be able to do that?
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, with the - with the other
18 evidence. But with this letter, then we're allowing it -
19 allowing it to come in for the truth, aren't we?
20 THE COURT: No.
21 MR. ROSEN: No.
22 THE COURT: We're only -
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: We're not.
24 THE COURT: - allowing it to come it in for that - for
25 the evidence that that was her response. That's all.
1 In the if you had 25 documents or five witnesses, he's
2 presenting no witnesses, so that's not a risk, but 25 documents
3 that show that it wasn't Union Bank, it was the Bank of America
4 or it was a credit union, then she may lose credibility by cause
5 - she called it Union Bank.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: Fine.
7 THE COURT: I think he's right.
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. So if I have other - well, let me
9 - let me just - I've said before Exhibit 90, that's the
10 appraisal -
11 THE COURT: Do you want to move to that?
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'm sorry. No, that appraisal's okay.
13 It was the -
14 THE COURT: Well, you've reserved - you haven't
15 reserved hearsay. You've reserved relevance, so which number is
16 - which number is -
17 MR. ROSEN: No, no. Judge, I want to know what
18 objection - what exhibits he objects to on relevance grounds so
19 I can address them.
20 THE COURT: No, we're -
21 MR. ROSEN: So far -
22 THE COURT: - are not doing that. We're not doing
23 that. We're reserving all relevance and he's going to put them
24 in brief. You don't need to know everyone he's going to object
25 to on relevance because you yourself said, "I'm not putting a
1 witness on on relevance. I only want to know the ones other
2 than relevance," so you'll get that in a brief and you'll
3 respond to it in a brief.
4 MR. ROSEN: So we're dealing with relevance objections
5 and posttrial briefs. I thought you said before -
6 THE COURT: We're dealing with nonrelevance - we're
7 dealing only with relevance objections. Isn't that we said, Mr.
9 MR. ROSEN: A moment ago -
10 THE COURT: You and I were talking -
11 MR. ROSEN: A moment ago you said, if I can spin the
12 clock back five minutes, when he identified the exhibits
13 respecting the trial and he said relevance, he identified them.
14 You said to me, "Okay, put them in a brief." He's identified
15 them, now I know what to address in a brief. I don't have to
16 wait for his brief. I give you my brief on Tuesday. Say,
17 "Here's the" - but I can't do that if he doesn't -
18 THE COURT: I don't want that piecemeal. I - he's
19 going to go back and give me a list of all the ones he objects
20 to on relevance and he's going to say why they're irrelevant.
21 That's what I need. On an individual basis. It's not going to
22 work this way, I've determined that.
23 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
24 THE COURT: It's just not.
25 To the extent that we're going to - you said, "Look,
1 Judge, I think I can deal with all the nonrelevance objections
2 because those would be prejudice to put that in a brief because
3 I might put on a witness."
4 So I said, "Okay, let's go through the nonrelevance
6 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
7 THE COURT: That's where we were and I thought that
8 was your idea.
9 But, Mr. Zlotoff, we're dealing with all your
10 nonrelevance objections.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. I think I just have a
13 THE COURT: Okay. Which one is the appraisal, Mrs.
14 Kobrin or Mr. Rosen? Can you help us?
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, I just had it.
16 THE COURT: The newest appraisal.
17 MR. ROSEN: We're looking.
18 THE COURT: Thank you.
19 MR. ROSEN: Is that it at the bottom?
20 MS. KOBRIN: 185.
21 THE COURT: 1-8-5? Thank you.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, that's a hearsay objection, Your
24 THE COURT: So we have to deal with that. What - let
25 me get it.
1 Okay. This is an appraisal - I'm sorry - an invoice
2 dated September 19, 2002, and an appraisal of 302 College
3 Avenue, Palo Alto, as of September 18, 2002. It's prepared by
4 Brown and Brown. And there is no Mr. Brown here, I take it.
5 There is no witness here.
6 So what is your objection?
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Hearsay, Your Honor.
8 THE COURT: Why is this not hearsay?
9 MR. ROSEN: We could have a witness, we identified a
10 witness in a pretrial order that testify on appraisals.
11 THE COURT: Fine.
12 MR. ROSEN: I mean if - if -
13 THE COURT: Otherwise it's hearsay.
14 MR. ROSEN: I don't dispute that.
15 THE COURT: Okay.
16 MR. ROSEN: I'm saying if Mr. Zlotoff says he wants to
17 finish today, we have Mr. Brown, who gave us the affidavit. Mr.
18 Brown is - we first found out about this today, Mr. Zlotoff's
19 objection. We filed these, by the way, a week ago. Mr. Brown's
20 declaration or affidavit was part of the papers we filed a week
21 ago today in opposition to the motion to sell the house. Mr.
22 Zlotoff never said a word about it until today, until this - we
23 offered this.
24 If that's the case, -
25 THE COURT: But there was no mechanism, there was no
1 order pursuant to which you were going to be bringing documents
2 at the last minute and he was supposed to object by a certain
3 point. There was nothing in place to deal with the situation.
4 MR. ROSEN: I understand that. All I want to say is
5 this. Mr. Brown is local. He can come in and testify. We did
6 have an appraiser identified and Mr. Brown was a substitute
7 appraiser for Mr. Grossman in the - in the pretrial order,
8 except Mr. Brown's not available until Tuesday at the earliest.
9 We called him during the luncheon recess.
10 Now if - if you're serious - if Mr. Zlotoff seriously
11 disputes this and wants to put Mr. Brown on the stand to
12 cross-examine and say, "Is this really true, this appraisal,"
13 well, that's the circumstance. I mean he's - Mr. Brown's not
14 going to be on the stand today. It's that simple.
15 So do we want to fight about this? I mean Mr. Zlotoff
16 has a good faith basis to believe that this affidavit is untrue
17 and that he can - he can cross-examine Mr. Brown on it, then I
18 would - you know, then I would understand his position. But -
19 THE COURT: There's a little problem with this. I
20 mean there was - what was the deadline for submitting these
21 documents to each other? They're submitting exhibits to each
23 MR. ROSEN: The exhibit didn't exist until -
24 THE COURT: That may be, but you've presented in a
25 trial this. Does he get a right to get a counter appraisal if
1 he wants it?
2 MR. ROSEN: He has one.
3 THE COURT: Not to - as of this date, in September of
5 MR. ROSEN: Yes, he does.
6 THE COURT: He has a counter - you have an appraisal?
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: No, not that I sought to put in
8 evidence, because I knew I wouldn't have the opportunity to do
10 MR. ROSEN: He has an appraisal. It's part of his
11 motion to sell the house.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: But it's not an issue here today.
13 That's an issue on October 10th.
14 MR. ROSEN: Well, okay.
15 You know something, I don't want to fight about it.
16 You want - if Mr. Zlotoff seriously believes that this affidavit
17 is untrue, you know, then he has a right to - it's an absolute
18 right to have the witness on the stand and cross-examine him.
19 Okay. Next.
20 If that's what you want.
21 THE COURT: So this is hearsay and it's not admitted.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Number 87, Henson's picket list.
23 THE COURT: 87 now.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
25 THE COURT: We're not...
1 Who generated this document? Who generated this
3 MR. ROSEN: Is the objection hearsay?
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes.
5 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Let me give you the history of
6 this, Judge. This is a doc- -
7 THE COURT: Can I start, please, by answering my
9 MR. ROSEN: I was about to. You cut me off -
10 THE COURT: Okay. You were going to give me the
11 history. I was just hoping to get a name first.
12 MR. ROSEN: Well, no.
13 THE COURT: I have to listen to the whole story?
14 MR. ROSEN: No, there isn't a whole story. There's
15 not a whole McGill (phonetic). Just give me a chance. Okay.
16 Sometimes I speak in commas and semi-colons rather than periods.
17 This list was prepared by RTC from records kept of Mr.
18 Henson's activities, comma, Mr. Henson was then confronted in
19 deposition and asked whether or not what this list shows is
20 accurate, i.e. "Is it accurate that you have picketed for 200
21 days Scientology facilities during the period of time covered by
22 this list?"
23 Mr. Henson said, "Yes." He adopts the statement: The
24 list is - standing alone, if we didn't have Mr. Henson's
25 deposition admission that, yes, the number sounds right, 200
1 days or whatever it is; and the deposition testimony is an
3 THE COURT: Okay. This I can't do because I don't
4 have the deposition to compare to each of these dates unless you
5 put it through. I'm not going to try to do this and compare a
6 long deposition with a list.
7 Now you know, you want to put on a witness to do this
8 or not?
9 MR. ROSEN: No, no.
10 THE COURT: Because you know it's at issue.
11 MR. ROSEN: You don't have to compare a long
13 THE COURT: Well, give me the page. Tell me where it
14 is in the exhibits.
15 MR. ROSEN: Okay. We'll tell you. I would suspect
16 that Mr. Zlotoff, since he was at the deposition, might take the
17 burden of - excuse me - might tell us whether or not he
18 disagrees, or we wait - is this going to be a waste of time.
19 But if you want the page number and the exhibit, I'll
20 give it to you.
21 THE COURT: He's raised a hearsay objection. I'm the
22 Judge. I've not read the exhibit - the deposition.
23 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Okay.
24 THE COURT: I'm asking you to tie it up for me.
25 MR. ROSEN: I will. And I just question, I don't
1 object to - and I respect your opinion. I'll tie it up for you.
2 I just raise the question allowed as to whether or not Mr.
3 Zlotoff has a good faith basis to disagree with what we just
4 said. He was at the deposition.
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: I do. The - I'll tell you my good faith
6 problem with it is that I got responses to interrogatories in
7 which I specifically asked about the dates during the Chapter 13
8 when Henson was picketing.
9 And, you know what, the dates don't match up in the
10 list in my discovery responses.
11 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: If you want, I'll just submit the
13 discovery responses as a rebuttal. And that I think may be good
14 enough, because that will -
15 THE COURT: Then it called into question and he has to
16 know whether he has to bring a witness.
17 And I don't know whether you have to bring a witness
18 or whether you have a witness to bring.
19 MR. ROSEN: Okay. No. It's all right. I understand.
20 We will deal with this by identifying for you the excerpts of
21 the deposition testimony of Mr. Henson given in this case in
22 which he concedes the proposition of picketing, I think, 200
23 times -
24 THE COURT: As of now the exhibit is excluded.
25 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
1 THE COURT: On the grounds that it's hearsay.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. Your Honor, I think that was
3 - I think that was it in terms of hearsay -
4 THE COURT: Okay. So other than relevance, to tie
5 this up, and the few - the documents we've specifically
6 discussed, are there any other objections that you have, Mr.
7 Zlotoff, to Exhibits 1 through - Ms. Kobrin, what's the last
9 MS. KOBRIN: 286.
10 THE COURT: - 1 through 286?
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: No, just relevance, Your Honor.
12 THE COURT: Okay. And that will be done by posttrial
13 briefs, and we'll figure out the timing for that when we're
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. Perhaps I should just call
16 Arel Lucas as - is it my - my turn to go at this point?
17 THE COURT: Well, if you're completed, your case on
18 your motions, then you should rest.
19 MR. ROSEN: I think it's customary to hear an opening
20 statement before he rests, but other than that I don't - my
21 intention would be to rest on my motion to dismiss the petition.
22 I do not - nothing I've heard so far causes me to call any of my
24 THE COURT: Okay. Do you want to present your opening
25 statement on his motion - motions?
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes. Actually - is that what we're
2 doing, we're limiting it to his motion, we're not covering
4 THE COURT: I asked you whether you wanted to go
5 first -
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
7 THE COURT: You will go first on the plan, you know,
8 to present witnesses of good faith, et cetera.
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
10 THE COURT: But I asked you whether you wanted him to
11 go first on his motions.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
13 THE COURT: That's what we started today, with -
14 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. Actually -
15 THE COURT: - a discussion of who -
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay, that's fine.
17 THE COURT: - who's things - who's going to go first,
18 Mr. Rosen's motions or your request that I confirm the plan.
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
20 THE COURT: We started with your agreement that we
21 should have Mr. Rosen's motions, which is what he asked for.
22 And that's where we are. He has completed his motions. He's
23 ready to rest. He'd like to hear your opening argument -
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. I -
25 THE COURT: - on the motions.
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: I apologize, Your Honor. It's just that
2 the arguments are pretty similar. And it's similar because of
3 the fact that, first and foremost, the way you judge good
4 faith -
5 THE COURT: I'm not into good faith yet - oh, I see.
6 You're explaining why they're similar. I'm just on his -
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: I thought it was a motion to dismiss
8 based on bad faith.
9 THE COURT: Oh, yeah, that's right. Okay. That's
10 fair. That's fair. That issue overlaps the two.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: That's what I say, it overlaps. Right.
12 THE COURT: Right.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah.
14 OPENING STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE DEBTOR
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: In other words, the - the core decision
16 you have to make is whether this debtor was attempting to
17 manipulate the Code and whether he had a good faith desire to
18 accomplish what the law says is there, what Chapter 13 is there
20 And I believe that through Arel Lucas and probably I'm
21 sure Your Honor could take judicial notice of what's happened in
22 this case, but the fact of the matter is that at the time when
23 this case was filed or shortly thereafter he suffered a severe
24 judgment against him.
25 I don't need to tell Your Honor that if bankruptcy
1 were limited to only people, only debtors who didn't have
2 lawsuits against them there'd be a lot of people needing
3 bankruptcy that wouldn't file it. In fact, I will oftentimes
4 not handle a case or file a case until the very last minute,
5 because most debtors are desirous of staying out of bankruptcy
6 and are interested in other alternatives.
7 So the fact that there was a $75,000 judgment to me
8 more than adequately establishes the fact that there was a debt,
9 that he was in need of some sort of debt relief. The fact that
10 he was solvent, and let's assume he was solvent, although at the
11 time of the filing of the case I think it was debatable because
12 I believe the stipulation we entered into with regard to value
13 established, if I'm not mistaken, that the value of the house
14 was 410,- versus a debt of 2- - I don't know - 220,-, 230,-.
15 And that it was on a joint tenancy subject to Mr. Henson's
16 $75,000 homestead.
17 And so Mr. - Mr. Rosen's argument is that every debtor
18 should have to dip into his homestead in order to satisfy a
19 judgment, otherwise the filing is not in good faith. Well, -
20 THE COURT: Go ahead.
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, that's not true. I mean that
22 doesn't - that isn't even a prong of bad faith. In fact,
23 there's plenty of laws on 727 that would argue that a debt - a
24 debtor could shift assets into an exempt - in an exempt asset
25 and protect it and file bankruptcy. So it's quite the contrary.
1 There's no - no requirement under the rubric of good faith that
2 a debtor dip into exempt assets in order to stay out of
4 But even if you want to say that he should have, still
5 there is nothing in the law that I'm aware of that says that a
6 solvent debtor has no right to go into bankruptcy. That's what
7 Chapter 13 is for, in fact. That's one of the reasons why it
8 was made so easy back in 1978, because it was set up as an
9 alternative to Chapter 7, to promote its use for repayment of
10 debt so that debtors could maintain their assets.
11 So the way it was first set up, debtors could keep
12 their house, they could keep everything, rental houses, you name
13 it, they could keep it. And - and propose a plan of repayment,
14 and that was one of the incentives.
15 Mr. - Mr. Rosen takes the position that - seemingly
16 that unless there is virtual mathematical certainty with respect
17 to the schedules that there's bad faith. Well, I disagree. I -
18 I think the law is clear - in fact, the schedules are clear. If
19 you look on Schedule I, it doesn't say, "State with mathematical
20 certainty what your income is." It says, "Give your estimate of
22 And - and similarly with respect to expenses, I think
23 the caselaw is going to say that we want the debtor's estimate
24 of his expenses. We don't need mathematical certainty. If a
25 debtor is off by some amount, we're not going to - we're not
1 going to consider that that's bad faith.
2 If - if there are omissions in a schedule, and there
3 were apparently, from what I can determine there were. There
4 was a life insurance that he didn't really own. He had a right
5 to buy it back, but that's an asset and it should have been
6 listed. But it was exempt because you - according to Section
7 704.100 of the CCP, which he could have claimed, $8,000 per
8 spouse is exempt. And Mr. - Ms. Lucas will testify she had the
9 same type of life insurance, so she - as - as he did, so she
10 would have known the circumstances regarding that life insurance
12 And we didn't claim it. Obviously he didn't mention
13 it. He didn't claim the exemption. But there is authority in
14 the Ninth Circuit that exemptions under Chapter 13 are really
15 for the purposes of establishing the best-interest-of-creditors
16 test. They're not - they're not absolutely necessary to claim
17 or they don't have the same sort of importance in a Chapter 13
18 as they do in a Chapter 7.
19 So I think the fact - and, furthermore, exemptions are
20 amendable at any time. So when you add all that together, I
21 don't - I think it's an omission, but it was a harmless
23 With regard to artwork, you'll have to hear from Ms.
24 Lucas. She will deny that there was any ownership. She will
25 testify, I think, that - and I've heard the depositions enough
1 to know that it was the daughter's artwork and it was insured on
2 the parents' policies. Kind of like the way that parents, most
3 parents insure their kid's car. It doesn't necessarily mean
4 it's the parents' car. It's done as a convenience, done for the
5 facility of obtaining a cheaper insurance rate.
6 Similarly with respect to - Ms. Lucas will testify
7 with respect to this so-called $7500 stock purchase and explain
8 why that wasn't an asset. Although I might point out to the
9 Court that Mr. Henson on his Schedule B indicate stocks, but
10 gave them a zero value. And so I'm not sure that - I'm not sure
11 that it's been proven or can be proven that that wasn't correct.
12 THE COURT: Let me just interrupt. Do I have any
13 evidence as to what the value of the stock was at that time?
14 MR. ROSEN: Yes.
15 THE COURT: Okay. You'll show me then. I just want
16 to know - I don't want to hear about it -
17 MR. ROSEN: At - what does "at that time" mean? I'm
19 THE COURT: When the petition was filed. The value of
20 the stock as -
21 MR. ROSEN: No. No, what you have is the value of the
22 stock three months before the petition was filed by the purchase
24 THE COURT: That doesn't mean anything. In this
25 internet market, that meant nothing. But I understand. I don't
1 think it means much, but I understand. I'll listen to you when
2 you response at some point.
3 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Your Honor, the - I'm going to repeat
5 again what I started to say earlier about Mr. - Mr. Henson - Mr.
6 Henson's engagement in free speech. To me that's all it is.
7 That's why to me the allegations of his conduct both before the
8 trial, the trial before Judge Whyte, and his conduct after, even
9 including the criminal trial, to me it's utterly irrelevant.
10 He's exercising free speech. Enough said.
11 And I don't see any common web. I don't see anything
12 other than disparate, unconnected circumstances, much as if, to
13 use the analogy I used before, as if you had a lot of people
14 discussing antiwar protesting. Does the fact that somebody
15 blows up a building, does that mean that somehow you're going to
16 drag a net over everybody? Or to me it's just - it's utterly
18 And each act has to be judged on its own, except for
19 the fact that none of these are relevant to the Chapter 13. So
20 he can - they can go to Judge Whyte as much as they want, but I
21 just don't understand why that impinges at all on - on the
22 Chapter 13, whether or not it was filed in good faith.
23 I hope that Ms. Lucas will be able to testify, that we
24 can get her evidence in, that the statements made in the
25 petition were roughly accurate. And I think that's the
1 cornerstone of good faith.
2 It's true about the discovery. It certainly lasted
3 longer. Henson certainly should have acted more appropriately,
4 but did it rise to the magnitude of bad faith? Given what -
5 THE COURT: Is that even the issue? Is the issue
6 whether how he dealt with discovery was good faith or bad faith,
7 or whether how he dealt with discovery shows that as of the
8 petition date he was filing the case in bad faith? That's what
9 the issue is, as I see it. Not whether three months later, a
10 year later, two years later he acted in bad faith. It's whether
11 that shows that he acted in bad faith as of the petition date.
12 That's the key, whether it was filed in good faith.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
14 THE COURT: That's my view of this. Go ahead.
15 Postpetition conduct -
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
17 THE COURT: - is relevant to show whether the case was
18 filed in good faith. So the filing - the filing date is the key
19 date, but pre - prepetition may show, shed light on that
20 question and postpetition -
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
22 THE COURT: - may shed light on that question. But
23 the question is -
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes.
25 THE COURT: - his good faith on the petition date.
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, here's how I would enlighten that.
2 For example, if he were hiding something large, an offshore bank
3 account, a business. I mean if you look in - I think it was
4 Leavitt, the debtor failed to disclose a business. It was later
6 Let's assume that Henson was stonewalling discovery
7 because he wanted to hide a valuable asset such as that. Then I
8 think his obstruction of discovery could be an example of bad
9 faith, just as in Leavitt it was.
10 But I think in Henson it really was small potatoes. I
11 don't think anything amounted to anything other than just Mr.
12 Henson engaging in more of his - of his conduct of ill will
13 towards - towards Scientology. And, unfortunately, that dragged
14 on and took a lot of time, but I'm not sure - as you say, Your
15 Honor, I'm not sure it enlightened any at all regarding whether
16 he filed in bad faith.
17 THE COURT: I didn't say it did or it didn't. I just
18 said the issue is his good faith on time - at the time of
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
21 THE COURT: And that's my view.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: I want to make clear, because I made
23 some changes by way of filings recently, before the - just a few
24 days ago, with regard to an amendment to the plan. And I
25 misspoke in my trial brief when I said that I was withdrawing
1 the previous plan and reinstating the plan effective - or the
2 one that was filed in August. Actually I was wrong. There was
3 a plan filed in December of that year, December '98. And that's
4 the one that was meant to be reinstated.
5 And the addendum that I filed a few days ago simply
6 stated, as I recall, that the debtor intended that the plan be
7 paid off from the sale of his - from the pending sale.
8 THE COURT: So we're not doing that anymore or we are
9 doing that? You've got me a little confused. I don't know - I
10 don't recall what was filed in December, because that - you're
11 now talking to me about that for the first time and -
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: The plan that was filed several years
13 ago was the four percent plan, $150 a month.
14 THE COURT: Okay.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Mr. Rosen has stated that that plan
16 became infeasible. It wasn't infeasible when the case began.
17 It was entirely feasible. So what he says is completely wrong.
18 If we would have had a trial two years ago, he would have been
19 right. It would have been infeasible, because Mr. Henson hadn't
20 had his house up for sale, didn't want to sell his house. And
21 he had incurred attorney's fees. And indeed it would have
22 looked infeasible to pay out to at $150 a month and pay my
23 attorney's fees, too.
24 And, by the way, I'm a creditor as well, just to make
25 the record clear. And I have not been paid at all except
1 through the Chapter 13, and that's not been very much a month, I
2 might add.
3 MR. ROSEN: Is this opening statement, Judge?
4 THE COURT: This is his opening statement, but there's
5 no - there's no proffer of evidence.
6 MR. ROSEN: Well, with all due respect, -
7 THE COURT: I don't want to talk about it. It's his
8 opening statement. At the end of the statement if you want to
9 say -
10 MR. ROSEN: I move to strike it. He's testifying.
11 THE COURT: As to how much money he's making or not
13 MR. ROSEN: He's testifying as to what he has or has
14 not been paid.
15 THE COURT: That's part of the record. It's part of
16 the record. If - through the 13, what he's been paid. That's
17 part - and he can't get paid any other way. He has to get Court
18 approval to get paid.
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'm sorry. I was responding to - I had
20 in my notes here that Mr. - Mr. Rosen brought this up as an
21 issue, talking about Mr. Harr getting paid postpetition, and
22 there was some discussion about whether I was paid postpetition.
23 I just wanted to make it clear I have not been.
24 But the point I wanted to make with regard to the plan
25 is the plan now is that it will get paid off from the sale of
1 the property. So it's the original plan with the proviso, as
2 one would normally see in an application to sell, that the plan
3 be paid off from the sale of the property. So that to me
4 establishes feasibility.
5 MR. ROSEN: Feasibility?
6 THE COURT: Please, Mr. Rosen, don't interrupt.
7 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
8 MR. ZLOTOFF: Feasibility of the plan can be completed
9 because the house can be sold -
10 THE COURT: Right, I understand.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: - and creditors paid -
12 THE COURT: I understand the argument.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. With regard to the issue of
14 whether the debt is dischargeable or not dischargeable, I would
15 refer the Court to Exhibit 36, which is an instruction read by
16 Judge Whyte that specifically defined willful as including
17 recklessness or reckless conduct. And so it plainly is not
18 dischargeable by - by virtue of the judgment -
19 THE COURT: You said it's plainly not dischargeable?
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: It's plainly not a debt excepted from
21 discharge by virtue of - there's no collateral estoppel, in
22 other words, to that - to that judgment as to a potential 52- -
23 523(a)(6) action. It's just not the right standard at all.
24 I've heard this business about Judge March and my
25 reference to Judge March's order. And I thought I made it
1 clear, but Judge March was not reversed a hundred percent. As I
2 recall, she was reversed as to the sanctions order, but not as
3 to the directive that a deposition be limited to one hour.
4 All right. Thank you, that's -
5 THE COURT: I have a question.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: That's it.
7 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen says as of the date the petition
8 was filed, essentially that Mr. Henson had plenty of money with
9 which to deal with the $75,000 debt. But as of the date the
10 petition was filed was there an outstanding claim for attorney's
12 In other words, was the debt finite at $75,000 as of
13 the petition date or was Mr. Henson dealing with the possibility
14 or even the expectation of a larger claim based on attorney's
15 fees or anything else? Was there anything else out there?
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes. I think the schedules did - did
17 list his own attorney's fees for the attorneys that represented
18 him -
19 THE COURT: But I meant attorney's fees to get to the
20 75,000 - associated with having the $75,000 judgment against
21 him. I don't - I don't know the situation with Judge Whyte and
22 what happened exactly, but my recollection is at some point
23 Judge Whyte issued an order for attorney's fees and RTC appealed
24 that. But I don't remember the context of the date.
25 MR. ROSEN: Well, since Your Honor has asked the
1 question, obviously -
2 THE COURT: No. Mr. Zlotoff can answer if he can, -
3 MR. ROSEN: Oh, sure.
4 THE COURT: - and then I'll let you respond in the
5 context of responding to his opening statement, if you want.
6 But normally we wouldn't have a response to an opening
7 statement, that would be your closing argument.
8 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: I - I can't respond to what Judge Whyte
10 may or may not have done. I can only -
11 THE COURT: No, no. I - was - see, Mr. Rosen is
12 saying, and that may prove important, he's saying, "Look,
13 essentially," and I may be exaggerating this a little, "Mr.
14 Henson didn't need a bankruptcy. He could have written a check.
15 The claim was finite at $75,000 and he had a house and he had
16 money in the bank, and he could have just paid it. He didn't
17 need bankruptcy."
18 But - and so what I'm asking - and what I'm asking you
19 is was there yet - was there yet a claim out there for RTC's
20 attorneys' fees and - RTC's attorneys' fees and associate - in
21 connection with any litigation out there, either before Judge
22 Whyte or elsewhere, such that Mr. Henson would reasonably have
23 expected that RTC's claim was not limited to 75,000, and it
24 wouldn't go away if he just wrote a check for 75,000?
25 And I don't even know - I haven't seen the bank
1 records, so I don't know how much money he had in the bank and
2 whether he could have written a check at all. And I don't know
3 whether he had any equity in his house at that point. I
4 understand that you've got a stipulation as to the value and the
5 mortgage, and then we'd have to run the numbers with the - with
6 Ms. Lucas' share and all of that.
7 But I'm trying to understand whether - what his
8 financial situation really was when he filed for bankruptcy.
9 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. Well, I - the schedules are
10 part of the exhibits, and they certainly don't disclose a large
11 amount of liquid assets. But with respect to Judge Whyte's
12 Court, you know, I don't know. All I remember is that RTC at
13 the beginning, somewhere at the beginning, I don't exactly know
14 when, filed a huge a claim. It was like almost a million
15 dollars, I think. And I don't know how -
16 THE COURT: For its attorneys' fees?
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: I think mostly it was for attorneys'
19 THE COURT: So would that have been true as of the
20 petition date, the petition was filed, that Mr. Henson would
21 have expected RTC yet to file a claim for attorneys' fees or
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, I don't -
24 MR. ROSEN: How could he - how could he answer that
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: I don't know, Your Honor. I really
2 don't know.
3 MR. ROSEN: You're asking what's - the counsel to tell
4 you what's in his client's mind?
5 THE COURT: No.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah, I don't know.
7 THE COURT: No, no. I'm asking from reading the -
8 what happened before Judge Whyte whether there was still
9 outstanding the possibility - RTC got a judgment against him.
10 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right. Postpetition, right.
11 THE COURT: Right - well, postpetition. So when was
12 that judgment? That was after I granted relief from stay, okay.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: I think so. So I don't - I don't know
14 the answer -
15 THE COURT: So when he filed the petition he wouldn't
16 have known that RTC got a judgment, right?
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: That I think is accurate, Your Honor.
18 THE COURT: So it could have been a hundred thousand
19 plus attorneys' fees? Does that statute work that way or it's
20 limited to a hundred thousand and you don't get attorneys' fees
21 no matter what or you don't know, Mr. Zlotoff?
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: You know, I don't know, Your Honor.
23 THE COURT: Okay.
24 MR. ROSEN: Judge, can -
25 THE COURT: Anyway, both of you, I don't - I'll give
1 you a chance to respond at the end -
2 MR. ROSEN: Can I interject just one thing for
4 THE COURT: No, please don't.
5 MR. ROSEN: Can I ask you a question, please?
6 THE COURT: An inquiry? Sure.
7 MR. ROSEN: You keep talking about the filing of the
9 THE COURT: Yes.
10 MR. ROSEN: And I get very confused. You say when he
11 filed the petition after the judgment, there is only one
12 petition in this case. It was filed in February of 1998. You
13 did not - he didn't file a second petition, a new petition after
14 the trial. You reinstated the old one.
15 And every time you say, "Was it after the petition
16 date," I get confused, because I don't know if you're talking
17 about after February of '98 or after you reinstated, vacated the
19 THE COURT: That's a fair question.
20 MR. ROSEN: And we're dealing with one petition.
21 THE COURT: Right.
22 MR. ROSEN: And that confuses me no end, Judge.
23 THE COURT: Okay. So what I'm - what I'm talking
24 about is the date the petition was filed and whether Mr. Henson
25 needed bankruptcy. And if he knew he was facing a trial with a
1 possibility of a hundred thousand dollars with damages and the
2 possibility of additional attorneys' fees on top of that, that -
3 I'd like to know whether that was a possibility he was facing
4 because he knew the RTC was coming after him if - and so I'd
5 like to understand how that statute works, and I don't need to
6 know it until the end of this - until closing arguments. But I
7 would appreciate an understanding of how that statute works.
8 And Mr. Rosen told me that the maximum he could be -
9 the maximum that could be awarded against him was a hundred
10 thousand dollars. And the question is does that - does that
11 include all attorneys' fees, but I don't need an answer to that
12 now. And frankly I don't even want - I don't want lawyer's
13 comments. I would like a copy or a citation to the law, because
14 I can look it up myself if I -
15 MR. ROSEN: The United States Code. It's the -
16 THE COURT: Well, the part about attorney's fees is
17 what I specifically -
18 MR. ROSEN: Oh, I don't remember what section it is,
19 but there's an index, there's a table of contents to the Code -
20 I mean to the - to the Copyright Act. It's in the - it is
21 within the United States Copyright Act. It's entitled 17 of the
22 United States Code.
23 THE COURT: Well, you deal with this all the time, so
24 if you happen to know the cite, I'd appreciate it.
25 MR. ROSEN: I don't know it. I don't memorize the
1 cites for the sections. I'm sorry.
2 MS. KOBRIN: 17 USC -
3 MR. ROSEN: Hold on.
4 (Creditor's counsel confer off record.)
5 MR. ROSEN: Don't guess.
6 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, you're now telling her not to
7 help the Court?
8 MR. ROSEN: No. I said, "Don't guess."
9 MS. KOBRIN: Don't guess.
10 THE COURT: Well, that's all right. Ms. Kobrin,
11 guess. It'll be okay, and I'll look it up and it might be
12 right. It's not - I'm not going to rely on it if I look it up
13 and it's wrong.
14 MS. KOBRIN: My recollection is that the remedies are
15 in 503. 17 - 17 USC 503, 504, 505.
16 THE COURT: Thank you very much.
17 Okay. Does that conclude your opening argument?
18 MR. ZLOTOFF: Let me - let me just address one other
19 point, Your Honor, and that pertains to the order granting
20 relief from stay, which is Exhibit 209 of March 13th, 1998. We
21 referred to it earlier.
22 And I mentioned that the Court reinstated the case
23 thereafter and in the meantime there was a lien recorded, which
24 apparently RTC kept everybody in the dark of, because it's been
25 arguing for years that it was an unsecured creditor. And now we
1 find out when the sale of the house comes to pass that all of a
2 sudden it appears to be a secured creditor.
3 Well, I looked in the - the transcript, and I don't
4 have the transcript, but it's in the record, the Court record,
5 RTC ordered it and put it in the record. And I believe it's
6 page 52 or 53 - it's not an exhibit here - wherein Your Honor
7 had indicated that the relief was prospective as to - as to the
8 case, but that matters that were in existence as of the
9 dismissal would still be in effect.
10 And I think, as I understood that order, what it
11 meant, is that since there was relief from stay for the limited
12 purpose of continuing with litigation, but not for collection,
13 that the fact that in the interim, during dismissal or - whether
14 it was dismissal, I don't know - but subsequent to the order for
15 relief from stay, there was a judgement, and that's good. But
16 my interpretation is that since there wasn't relief from stay
17 for collection, that the judgment would not be good because
18 there was no - there was no relief granted for that.
19 THE COURT: Was the judgment good or not good?
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: The judgment was good.
21 THE COURT: So you're saying it was good for some
22 purposes, but not for collection purposes?
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes, that's what I'm saying.
24 THE COURT: I think we should put on the list of
25 things that you should write about to me after the trial.
1 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
2 THE COURT: And Mr. Rosen will have a response.
3 And so, Millie, - there will be briefs on the effect
4 of reinstatement of the case on RTC's status as a secured and/or
5 unsecured creditor.
6 MR. ROSEN: We won't be briefing that, Judge, on this
7 issue because this has absolutely nothing to do, as far as I can
8 see, with our motion to dismiss the petition for bad faith. It
9 doesn't matter -
10 THE COURT: I agree. I agree. It'll come up in Mr.
11 Zlotoff's case.
12 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
13 THE COURT: And Mr. Zlotoff's efforts to confirm his
15 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. It has nothing to do - I -
16 THE COURT: I agree.
17 MR. ROSEN: Okay. I'll shut up.
18 THE COURT: Okay. Does that conclude your opening
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: It does.
21 THE COURT: Now do you rest?
22 MR. ROSEN: Yes.
23 THE COURT: Do you want to put on evidence on the
24 motions, which is what is before us or -
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right. You know, in my mind, Your
1 Honor, I don't see any difference at all in the type of
2 testimony with regard to the motion versus confirmation of the
4 THE COURT: Well, we can then - since - so we can - if
5 everybody agrees, we can then move, and you're going to present
6 a joint presentation on both the motions and the confirmation of
7 the plan. And then RTC would - I mean - yes, then RTC would
8 have an opportunity to respond to your case on the plan and
9 reply on the - no, they'd be finished. I guess we'd be
11 MR. ROSEN: What I would do - what I would propose is
12 this. I have no objection if Mr. - if in the presentation of
13 his evidence in opposition to our motion to dismiss, he in that
14 same presentation presents his evidence and support of his
15 motion to confirm the 13 plan. And I will deal with that
17 What I will reserve, since we're merging the two, is a
18 closing argument on our motion to dismiss and an opening
19 argument, if you will, an opening statement on our opposition to
21 I'll be happy to reserve those and deal with them
22 later, but if this is - if we're talking about presentation of
23 evidence, I don't have any objection. I only have one request.
24 From -
25 THE COURT: Wait. Let me ask Mr. Zlotoff a question
1 before you -
2 MR. ROSEN: Yeah.
3 THE COURT: So here we would go, you would present
4 your opening argument, if any, on the effort to confirm the
5 plan. Mr. Rosen would have an opportunity to respond -
6 MR. ROSEN: I'll reserve until after he puts the
7 evidence in.
8 THE COURT: If that's what you want, to have that
9 opportunity to reserve. So - or to have both opening - what's
10 your position as to whether both opening arguments should occur
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: I would - I would rather reserve, Your
13 Honor - I'd rather reserve mine as well.
14 THE COURT: Okay. So you're ready to present your
15 evidence. And then Mr. - you don't really need an opening
16 argument. It'll just be an argument, right, because the
17 evidence will be in?
18 MR. ROSEN: It depends.
19 THE COURT: How can you present an opening argument
20 after he's presented his evidence?
21 MR. ROSEN: I just heard an opening argument with
22 counsel testifying about a amended plan that he's never amended.
23 I don't have any amended plan that says that the plan's going to
24 be funded out of a sale of the house. I have no such document,
25 but he - counsel, you know, gets up and says it. And that's
2 THE COURT: Not gospel for me. It's either there or
3 it isn't there.
4 MR. ROSEN: Yeah, it isn't. You check your docket
5 sheet; there's no such thing. I can deal with that in my - in
6 my opening, counseling, whatever you want to call it.
7 The only issue I want to raise now on - on the
8 presentation of evidence is as follows. I think Your Honor
9 ought to exclude Ms. Henson from the room - Ms. Lucas from the
10 room - I'm sorry - I guess it's Lucas - from the courtroom for a
11 moment and have Mr. Zlotoff make an offer of proof.
12 And the reason I say that is because Mr. Zlotoff and I
13 in the spirit of cooperation, as lawyers are supposed to do,
14 have had a long discussion about the testimony, the evidence
15 that he intends to offer through Ms. Lucas, and there isn't a
16 single thing that's admissible.
17 And we can - we can spend our time today and next
18 Monday and next Tuesday, you know, and on and on with this, but
19 I think the proper way, what I'm telling you, I'm making a
20 representation to you, that almost everything Mr. Zlotoff told
21 me he was going to elicit from Ms. Lucas is not admissible.
22 And, in fact, in his opening statement a moment ago
23 you heard one of it. She's going to testify about the stock
24 purchase that Mr. Henson made. And you know what's going on
25 here, Judge. I mean I don't - I'm not letting any cat out of
1 the bag. Mr. Henson's not here. So Mr. Zlotoff is trying to
2 get in what would otherwise - testimony and evidence that would
3 otherwise come in properly through Mr. Henson.
4 He doesn't have Mr. Henson. All of a sudden he has a
5 witness who says, 'Well, I'm going to tell you about Mr.
6 Henson's stock investment. And I'm going to tell you what his
7 intent was at the time. And I'm going to tell you that he
8 intended to act in good faith,' expert on mind-reading.
9 So what I'm saying is -
10 THE COURT: Okay. I understand what you're saying.
11 Mr. Zlotoff, do you want to hear the - you want to
12 make an offer of proof and he'll object to pieces of evidence,
13 or do you want to put her on the stand?
14 And you could - you know you can always put in an
15 offer of proof and if you want to put her on the stand, put her
16 on the stand. But if you want to put her on the stand right
17 away, that's fine.
18 MR. ROSEN: This is my cross-examination of her.
19 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen has just lifted of a stack of
20 about five inches worth of paper with a yellow pad on top.
21 MR. ROSEN: Right.
22 THE COURT: But you said it's about four hours.
23 MR. ROSEN: It'll probably be longer, but I don't know
24 because I don't know what he's going to elicit other than what
25 he told me.
1 THE COURT: That's fine. You have a right to
2 cross-examination and he has a right to present his case in any
3 way he wants to.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: I don't know that we get out of the
5 problem by offers of proof. It seems to me simpler just -
6 MR. ROSEN: Sure you do.
7 Well, I don't want to talk to -
8 THE COURT: If you get nothing in, he has nothing to
9 cross-examine -
10 MR. ROSEN: I have nothing to cross.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: No, no. But my point is we'll spend
12 four hours, the same four hours. And then - and then if you
13 rule in my favor, we spend four more hours, I guess.
14 MR. ROSEN: I'm suggesting that counsel rise and make
15 a proffer of 'Here is what I expect to prove. Here is what I
16 intend to prove through this witness.' That doesn't take four
17 hours. It takes about five minutes.
18 THE COURT: Well, maybe or maybe not.
19 MR. ROSEN: Well, it's less than four hours for a
21 THE COURT: It sounds like it would likely be less
22 than four hours. I have less faith that your response to it is
23 going to be five minutes. Then I do -
24 MR. ROSEN: I didn't say my response was going to be
25 five minutes.
1 THE COURT: Right.
2 MR. ROSEN: I said the proffer is going to be five
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, -
5 THE COURT: You get five minutes and he gets as long
6 as -
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
8 THE COURT: - he gets his big stack of paper.
9 MR. ROSEN: I get 19 hours.
10 THE COURT: He gets 19 hours.
11 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah.
12 THE COURT: That's what you insisted on - or you
13 insisted on more. I limited you to 19 hours, if you recall.
14 And you told me it was outrageous, absolutely outrageous.
15 MR. ROSEN: No. You know that's not what I said.
16 What I said was it was outrageous to assign both sides the same
17 amount of time. If you ever did that with a U.S. Attorney and
18 say, 'Well, why should the government have more time to put on
19 its case than a criminal defendant,' the U.S. Attorney would
20 say, 'What are you talking about' There's no rule of practice
21 that each side gets the same amount of time. It's not an
22 exercise in symmetry.
23 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, you're wasting time. You're
24 wasting time.
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: Is it my choice, Your Honor?
1 THE COURT: Yeah, absolutely.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: I - I don't know why I should make
3 offers of proof when I -
4 THE COURT: Fine. Call your witness.
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'll just call the witness.
6 THE COURT: That's fine.
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: Could I make a correction, though? I -
8 I misspoke and I want to correct.
9 Mr. Rosen's absolutely right, I didn't amend the plan.
10 I amended my motion to sell free and clear. I filed that just a
11 couple days ago. I served Ms. Seid and I said, "Debtor hereby
12 amends the prayer of his motion to sell free and clear to
13 provide that his plan shall be paid off from the proceeds of
14 such sale."
15 THE COURT: So you have to amend your plan, Mr.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: I stand corrected.
18 So Ms. Lucas I call as a witness, Your Honor.
19 THE COURT: Ms. Lucas, as you step forward to the
20 center microphone, my Deputy will swear you in, please.
21 And if you give all those papers to Mr. Zlotoff,
22 please. You can't go on the stand with anything other than the
23 official exhibits.
24 THE CLERK: Would you raise your right hand?
25 MS. LUCAS: I would like to affirm, please.
1 THE COURT: That's fine. No problem.
2 VICTORIA AREL LUCAS, DEBTOR'S WITNESS, SWORN
3 THE WITNESS: Yes.
4 THE CLERK: Okay. Take the stand.
5 THE COURT: Good afternoon, Ms. Lucas.
6 THE CLERK: Would the witness for the record please
7 state your full name and spell your full name.
8 THE WITNESS: It's Victoria Arel, the middle name that
9 I use is A-r-e-l, and my last name is Lucas, L-u-c-a-s.
10 THE COURT: Ms. Lucas, could you kindly move the
11 microphone over.
12 THE WITNESS: Oh.
13 THE COURT: You don't have to be right on top of it,
14 but -
15 THE WITNESS: Is that better?
16 THE COURT: - direct - yes - directly in contact with
17 it would be good.
18 THE CLERK: Thank you.
19 DIRECT EXAMINATION
20 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
21 Q. Ms. Lucas, your relation, please, to Mr. Henson, the debtor
23 A. I'm his wife.
24 Q. And how long have you been married?
25 A. Twenty years.
1 Q. And of the 20 years how long have you lived together with
3 A. Twenty years except for this past year and almost a half
5 Q. And your residence, please?
6 A. 302 College.
7 Q. In Palo Alto -
8 A. Palo Alto.
9 Q. And how long have you lived at that address?
10 A. With the exception of eight and a half months last year and
11 part of this one, six years.
12 Q. Did you buy the house together with Mr. Henson?
13 A. Yes.
14 Q. You refer - in front of you there should be a binder, a
15 small blue one.
16 A. This one? This?
17 Q. Yes.
18 A. This one here.
19 MR. ROSEN: What is this? What's this binder?
20 THE WITNESS: Exhibits.
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: I asked you before if you had a binder
22 of my exhibits, you said yes.
23 MR. ROSEN: These are the ones - these are ones you
24 submitted earlier that we argued the in limines on?
25 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes.
1 MR. ROSEN: Oh, okay.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: You don't have it?
3 MR. ROSEN: I have a - I have a red one.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Oh, well, I'll give you a blue one if
5 you want.
6 MR. ROSEN: That's okay.
7 MR. ZLOTOFF: It's the same stuff.
8 MR. ROSEN: That's all right. You fooled me -
9 THE COURT: Mr. -
10 MR. ROSEN: - when you changed the color.
11 THE COURT: Mr. Rosen, you're doing what I've asked
12 you not to do about 20 times. You're talking to counsel on the
13 record. All remarks should be to me.
14 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
15 THE COURT: And that's true for you, Mr. Zlotoff.
16 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
17 THE COURT: There's been enough rancor here to
18 maintain the dignity of the court.
19 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
20 Q. All right. Ms. Lucas, if you could turn to Exhibit F,
22 Do you have that?
23 A. Yes.
24 Q. Can you identify it?
25 A. It says it's request to take judicial notice. Is that the
1 right one -
2 Q. Oh, I'm sorry. Look at page 2, please.
3 A. Oh, page 2. Oh, the grant deed.
4 Q. Yes.
5 A. Yes.
6 Q. Can you identify if?
7 A. This, as far as I can see, is a copy of the deed that we
8 received when we bought the house.
9 Q. And it indicates a joint tenancy?
10 A. Yes.
11 Q. Can you explain the legal form in which you hold title?
12 MR. ROSEN: Objection. The witness is incompetent to
13 testify as to the legal form. I don't have any objection to the
14 document going into evidence. We already said that before on
15 September 11th. This witness cannot explain what joint tenancy
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: Let me withdraw the question and ask a
18 different one, slightly different.
19 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
20 Q. Ms. Lucas, is it - do you own - or does this deed describe a
21 true joint tenancy or an ownership as community property?
22 MR. ROSEN: Objection.
23 THE WITNESS: It -
24 MR. ROSEN: The deed speaks for itself.
25 THE COURT: Sustained.
1 MR. ROSEN: It's the best evidence.
2 THE COURT: Sustained.
3 And it would be asking for her legal opinion.
4 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
5 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
6 Q. Ms. Lucas, is it your understanding that you own an
7 undivided one-half interest in the house?
8 MR. ROSEN: Objection. What does this have to do with
10 THE COURT: Overruled.
11 THE WITNESS: Yes, it is my understanding that I do.
12 when I went to the title company, I - they - they told me that I
13 would get 50 percent of the -
14 MR. ROSEN: Objection, move to strike.
15 THE WITNESS: - proceeds.
16 THE COURT: Wait. You're -
17 MR. ROSEN: Hearsay.
18 THE COURT: Wait a minute. You are not going to
19 interrupt her answers. You're going to let her finish answer
20 every time. You will never do that again in my court. You will
21 let her finish her answer. You will rise and you will - then
22 when I recognize you, you will state your objection, and not
23 before. You will not say anything until I recognize you.
24 Could you repeat the question?
25 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
1 Q. The question was: Do you own an undivided one-half interest
2 in the - in the residence?
3 MR. ROSEN: Objection.
4 THE WITNESS: I think it was -
5 THE COURT: Overruled.
6 You have to understand how this works. You can't
7 answer, Ms. Lucas, until I rule on any objection that has been
9 THE WITNESS: I think it was your question, did I
10 understand that it was my - that I own 50 percent, an undivided
11 interest, and that is my understanding.
12 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
13 Q. Okay. Thank you.
14 If you would turn to Exhibit L, please. Do you see
16 A. Yes. The World Savings. This is what we get every month, a
17 loan statement -
18 THE COURT: There's no question.
19 THE WITNESS: I'm sorry.
20 THE COURT: You're - she said - he said do you
21 recognize that, and the answer is yes or no.
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yes, all right.
23 THE WITNESS: Yes.
24 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
25 Q. And -
1 THE COURT: I couldn't hear your answer.
2 THE WITNESS: Yes.
3 THE COURT: Thank you.
4 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
5 Q. And explain what it is, please.
6 A. As it says, it's a loan statement. This is what comes to us
7 every month as an invoice, I guess, or a bill that asks for
8 payment of the mortgage.
9 Q. All right. And on the date indicated in the statement, the
10 ending balance is noted as $256,854.37?
11 MR. ROSEN: Objection, leading. Counsel's testifying
12 and best evidence. The document speaks for itself as to what
13 the balance was.
14 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. I withdraw the question.
15 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
16 Q. Is the - is the document an accurate statement of what the
17 balance was on the date indicated on the bill?
18 MR. ROSEN: Objection. It's trying - asking the
19 witness to impeach the document.
20 THE COURT: She - you can ask her whether it's her
21 understanding that the document is in accord with her
22 understanding of the bill and that that would be - of what was
23 owed or what wasn't owed.
24 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
25 Q. Ms. Lucas, does this document - is this document in accord
1 with your understanding of what the balance at the time of the
2 statement was on that - owing on the house?
3 A. Yes.
4 Q. Ms. Lucas, I direct your attention to Exhibit A. And
5 Exhibit A is the petition. The first page notes a file date of
6 March 10th, 1998 in Mr. Henson's bankruptcy case.
7 If you look on the second page, please, can you
8 identify the writing, the handwriting, not the printed?
9 A. Yes. It's my husband's.
10 Q. Do you see in the - in the fourth column from the left
11 margin numbers under a heading, "Current Market Value"?
12 A. Yes.
13 Q. And you see the number $322,500?
14 A. Yes.
15 Q. Is it your understanding that that was more or less the
16 value of the property at that time?
17 MR. ROSEN: Objection.
18 THE COURT: Why -
19 MR. ROSEN: The witness is incompetent to answer the
20 question -
21 THE COURT: An owner can testify as to value, and
22 she's an owner. How do you get around that?
23 MR. ROSEN: Number one, there's no foundation as to
24 any basis for her testifying as to value. Number two, according
25 to this document, she's not the owner because the debtor - Mr.
1 Henson listed it as his property, you'll see under column 2,
2 "Fee Simple."
3 THE COURT: She's just testified that she has a half
4 interest in it.
5 MR. ROSEN: She just impeached the document, Judge.
6 The document says "Fee Simple." He owns it -
7 THE COURT: No, the previous document.
8 MR. ROSEN: Huh?
9 THE COURT: The previous document, the grant deed we
10 looked at. Whether the grant deed impeaches this is a different
11 question. She can testify as to value, but she should establish
12 some foundation for it.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: I already did, Your Honor. She's an
14 owner. I mean she may not - she may not -
15 THE COURT: You know what, you would ask questions
16 like, you know, is it comparable to others in the neighborhood
17 or do you know whether it is. You would establish a foundation
18 if you can do it. If you can't, it's a problem.
19 An owner can testify to value, but you still have to -
20 Mr. Rosen is right, you still have to establish some foundation.
21 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
22 Q. Ms. Henson - Ms. Lucas, if you turn the page, please. Do
23 you see Schedule B at the top?
24 A. Yes.
25 Q. And I direct your attention to the first handwritten entry,
1 "Savings and Checking" - well, can you read it?
2 A. It says, "Savings and Checking Accounts, Wells Fargo."
3 That's what you're looking at?
4 Q. Right. Can you identify the handwriting here?
5 A. That's my husband's.
6 Q. Can you identify this account that's referred here?
7 A. Yes. It's the Household account we had at - in fact, we
8 still have it as a joint account.
9 Q. A joint between who and who?
10 A. My husband and me.
11 Q. And on or about March 10th, 1998, do you have a recollection
12 of what the approximate balance was in that account?
13 MR. ROSEN: Objection, best evidence rule. Federal
14 Rules of Evidence 101 through 107. That is improper.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: But, -
16 MR. ROSEN: 1001. I'm sorry.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: - Your Honor, there is no - there is no
18 best - there is no evidence. I mean Mr. Henson - Mr. Rosen is
19 suggesting that there is a specific document that a bank would
20 have effective March 10th, 1998 with regard to the exact balance
21 to the penny in a certain bank account? That's nonsense.
22 All anyone can ever do on a Schedule B with regard to
23 a bank account is give an approximation. There is never going
24 to be a document exact to the penny on the petition date. All
25 we're supposed - all the debtor is mandated to do here is give a
1 best estimate.
2 MR. ROSEN: Number one, you already ruled in limine
3 this document does not come in for the truth. And I have no
4 idea and I do object to why counsel is questioning the witness
5 from the document. If he wants to close the document and say,
6 'Tell me what was in your account,' this is - this is not a
7 proper examination. This is prompting.
8 Close up the document and ask the witness if she
9 remembers what was the balance in the World Savings account on
10 the closing date, statement date just prior to the bankruptcy.
11 This is all prompted, scripted testimony. You cannot show a
12 witness a document to refresh her recollection until the witness
13 has said, 'I don't have a recollection.' That's number one.
14 Number two, the issue is not the amount on this date
15 of March 10th. We understand that sometimes there is not a
16 balance, except most banks will give you a running balance each
17 day as they debit your account or credit your account for
18 deposits and checks. Put that aside.
19 Let's assume that the - the evidence here ought be
20 what was at the last statement date just prior to this filing.
21 That is best evidence. And not only - not only is it best
22 evidence under Rule 1001 of the Federal Rules of Evidence
23 through the 1007, I have a Ninth Circuit case right on it.
24 Right on this issue, that you cannot testify to what a document
25 says if the issue is what was the statement according to the
1 bank, what did the bank - what was your balance in that account
2 according to the bank. The only evidence that could be offered
3 is the bank statement. You cannot have a witness testify as -
4 orally as to what a bank statement would show.
5 And, by the way, the case I'm referring to -
6 THE COURT: Do you have copies for everybody, Mr.
7 Rosen? We don't want to re- - go off the record and everybody
8 leave while I go make copies of that.
9 MR. ROSEN: Sure.
10 THE COURT: Do you want to hand me them, please?
11 MR. ROSEN: Sure.
12 THE COURT: Hand me a copy and Mr. Zlotoff a copy.
13 MR. ZLOTOFF: Is it a bankruptcy case?
14 MR. ROSEN: No, it's the Ninth Circuit.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Does it arrive - arise out of
16 bankruptcy -
17 MR. ROSEN: No. It's - it's a rule of evidence.
18 THE COURT: Could you please stop talking to each
20 MR. ROSEN: Well, he - he asked me the question.
21 THE COURT: I'm not saying - blaming you, Mr. Rosen.
22 MR. ROSEN: Good.
23 THE COURT: I said could you please stop talking to
24 each other.
25 MR. ROSEN: Okay. Just give me a second, Judge, and
1 I'll find the case for you.
2 THE COURT: I just need the - I want a copy of the
3 case, to read.
4 MR. ROSEN: I said just give me a second and I'll find
5 it for you. Just hold on a minute, Judge. I had it here a
6 second ago and I think it go mixed up with something else.
7 The name of the case is -
8 THE COURT: I don't want the name -
9 MR. ROSEN: - Lucasfilm -
10 THE COURT: - first, but I - okay. That's fine. Tell
11 me the name if you know the name.
12 MR. ROSEN: Yeah. Lucasfilm - what did I do with the
13 case? Oh, it's right here. It's right in front of my nose.
14 Seiler, S-e-i-l-e-r, v. Lucasfilm LTD, 808 F.2d 1316, Ninth
15 Circuit Court of Appeals 1987. I will quote from -
16 THE COURT: I don't want you to quote. I want you to
17 hand me a copy of the case, please, so I can follow along.
18 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
19 THE COURT: And I want you to hand Mr. Zlotoff a copy.
20 MR. ROSEN: I don't have a copy for Mr. Zlotoff.
21 THE COURT: Well, then we'll make them.
22 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
23 THE COURT: We'll recess for five minutes to make
24 copies of this case so I can see what you're talking about.
25 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
1 THE COURT: If you have any other cases that you
2 intend to use, I want copies of them now so that I can make
3 copies of them -
4 MR. ROSEN: Do I have to make copies of Federal Rule
5 of Evidence 101 to 107 also, Judge?
6 THE COURT: I have the Rules of Evidence here.
7 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
8 THE COURT: Is that the only case that you have any
9 intention of using?
10 MR. ROSEN: I don't know. I haven't heard any other
12 THE COURT: Well, you do know because you know what
13 the exhibits are and you do know what he intends to do. You
14 told me yourself that you knew everything he was going to use
15 Ms. Lucas for and therefore you didn't think any of it was
16 admissible. So you must know, I would assume, what cases are
17 relevant to these issues. And I'd rather copy them once rather
18 than copy them seriatim.
19 Do you have any other cases that you want to share
20 with us at this time?
21 MR. ROSEN: I don't know of any other at this time.
22 THE COURT: Thank you.
23 MR. ROSEN: Notwithstanding the Judge's comments and -
24 the Court's comments and - which I'm deeply offended by.
25 THE COURT: I don't know why. It's just repeating
1 what you said.
2 MR. ROSEN: No, it's not. If you -
3 THE COURT: We'll go off the record, please.
4 MR. ROSEN: - repeated what I said I wouldn't be
6 THE COURT: We'll go off the record, please.
7 (Recess taken from 3:52 p.m. to 4:04 p.m.)
8 THE CLERK: All rise.
9 THE COURT: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Please
10 be seated.
11 I want you to know, Mr. Rosen, when I went - left the
12 Court, my Deputy came up to me and said that she was offended by
13 the way you threw the papers at her, and the Court is offended
14 as well.
15 MR. ROSEN: I didn't throw any papers.
16 THE COURT: Yes, you did. You threw this decision at
17 her, which she had been willing to copy. I didn't say a thing
18 to her. She came to me and told me she didn't like the way you
19 threw it at her. That's what I'm telling you, and I will not
20 tolerate any such behavior toward the Court or its staff.
21 Go on, Mr. Zlotoff.
22 MR. ROSEN: And for the record I did not do that.
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: Your Honor, I think - are we - we're
24 still arguing the issue of best evidence, I think, is where we
25 left off and whether or not Ms. Lucas is able to look at the
1 schedules and offer testimony while looking at the schedules and
2 while I'm asking her questions based on items in the schedule.
3 THE COURT: Ye- - first of all, the first objection
4 was that we should make this document be closed and then you
5 have to establish the standard for refreshing her recollection,
6 rather than letting her just go down the document and ask her
7 whether these numbers are accurate or inaccurate and, if so, how
8 much inaccurate.
9 The - the second objection, as I understand it, is
10 that she can't testify whether this was the approximate balance
11 at the time. Rather, she has - you have to produce the bank
13 Now having sat in bankruptcies for 12 years I've never
14 had anybody present the bank records to show that it was
15 accurate on an objection to a plan. I've had people question
16 whether it was accurate and the other side, if they don't
17 believe it's accurate, have subpoenaed bank records. But I've
18 never had anybody be subject to the best evidence rule in
19 connection with testifying regarding a petition.
20 The objection as to best evidence is overruled.
21 As to the other matter, whether or not these numbers
22 might reflect [sic] her recollection, one can use anything to
23 refresh one's recollection or a witness' recollection. And I
24 think that technically it's correct.
25 Now I haven't researched whether or not the Court has
1 to do it that way or the Court has some discretion in that
3 Do you know, Mr. Rosen?
4 MR. ROSEN: Yes. You are required to first establish,
5 elicit from the witness that she has no recollection. You may
6 then use anything to refresh her recollection. Once you show it
7 to her, you then take it away from her because the proposition
8 is that the recollection of the witness now being refreshed, she
9 is not testifying to what the document says - in law school we
10 used to call that past recollection recorded - she's not
11 testifying to what the document says. But she says, 'Now that
12 I've heard that tune or heard that canary,' -
13 THE COURT: It's present rec- -
14 MR. ROSEN: - 'I now have a present recollection of
15 what it is.'
16 Your Honor, I just want to add one thing. I think you
17 made a - you misunderstood something when you said subpoenaed
18 bank records. I'm not talking about subpoenaed bank records.
19 I'm talking about the monthly statements that the depositor
20 receives from the bank. That - that was the basis for the best
21 arg- - best evidence argument. It was not that there had to be
22 any subpoena to the bank.
23 The month - every month the bank sends a statement
24 which shows the balance. So you said subpoenaed bank records.
25 Whether it makes any difference to your ruling or not, I don't
1 know. But I just want to make sure the record is clear.
2 She gets a bank statement. We can establish that by
3 asking her. She gets bank statements every month. Where are
5 THE COURT: I understand.
6 The best - having heard that, of course the bank
7 statement could be on one day and three days later you write a
8 check for x dollars or even before you get the statement you
9 could have written a check and it wouldn't necessarily be on
10 that statement. So I understand the point, but it's not going
11 to be - you're not going to get the date unless you somehow -
12 the date of this petition unless you somehow - and this is a
13 very small amount, it's $1500, which if you're paying monthly
14 expenses, I assume could eat it up pretty fast. So I'm not
15 going to require that here.
16 But I think I agree with him on the recollection, that
17 you will have to establish that she has no specific
18 recollection, if she doesn't, before you can use this document,
19 unless you have any law to the contrary - well, he didn't give
20 me law either, he gave me his opinion. But -
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: Well, -
22 THE COURT: - I think - I think it's the general rule.
23 Whether I have discretion, I don't know.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Yeah. Except - you see, I don't think
25 that the issue is her recollection of this document.
1 THE COURT: No, it's not.
2 MR. ZLOTOFF: It's not. The issue is whether this
3 document was done in bad faith.
4 THE COURT: You misunderstand. You misunderstand the
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay.
7 THE COURT: Let me take you through the rule. Mr.
8 Rosen just said it, but let me take you through it.
9 The rule is that - for example here, approximately how
10 much was in your Wells Fargo account on the date of the filing
11 petition. The witness can testify. The witness says, 'I don't
12 remember exactly' or 'I don't remember.'
13 'I'm going to show you a document and ask you whether
14 it refreshes your recollection.'
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay, I understand.
16 THE COURT: That's what Mr. Rosen said. And then it
17 either does or it doesn't.
18 MR. ZLOTOFF: That's fine. Okay.
19 THE COURT: But it doesn't have anything to do with
20 the document. The document could be a dog bone.
21 MR. ZLOTOFF: I you.
22 THE COURT: It can be anything that would refresh your
23 recollection as to a particular fact.
24 MR. ZLOTOFF: Okay. I understand. I appreciate it,
25 Your Honor.
1 THE COURT: So I - I - the objection is sustained in
2 part and denied in part.
3 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right. Thank you.
4 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
5 Q. Ms. Lucas, you have to close the booklet.
6 A. I just did.
7 THE COURT: Yeah. Don't close the whole thing. Just
8 close that one exhibit and keep it open. In other words, keep
9 the blue sheet over it until -
10 THE WITNESS: Okay.
11 THE COURT: Yeah.
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: I don't know whether she - I can't even
13 remember what - what she testified with regard to the bank - the
14 bank account.
15 THE COURT: Well, there was an objection, so you have
16 to start at the beginning basically.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: All right.
18 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
19 Q. Do you recall in or about March of 1998 what bank accounts
20 you - if any, you had with - with Mr. Henson?
21 A. It's the same account that we have now with Wells Fargo.
22 Q. And can you recall as of that date, of your own
23 recollection, what - what amount approximately was in the bank
24 account at that time?
25 A. Well, since I've already seen the document it's already
1 influenced what I'm going to say or what I remember, but without
2 seeing the document I probably could not have recollected.
3 Q. I see. And you - you did see the document and -
4 A. Yes.
5 Q. - is your recollection refreshed as to what -
6 A. That seems about right. I know that when he was making out
7 these schedules he asked me what checks have been written. And
8 we discussed what was likely to be in the bank account.
9 MR. ROSEN: Move to strike. Not only not responsive -
10 THE COURT: By the - by the microphone.
11 MR. ROSEN: Sorry. You tell me to stand -
12 THE COURT: Well, you can stand, you just have to -
13 MR. ROSEN: Move to strike. Not only not responsive.
14 It's hearsay.
15 THE COURT: Yeah. Sustained.
16 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
17 Q. Ms. Lucas, when - you received bank statements?
18 A. Yes.
19 Q. In or about the time 1998, when we were discussing, were you
20 receiving bank statements from Wells Fargo?
21 A. Yes.
22 Q. And do you have any recollection regarding opening bank
23 statements or looking at banks statements as of that time?
24 A. Not particularly as of that time, except that probably they
25 sat around for a while because I was in the final stages of
1 getting my master's degree.
2 THE COURT: We're going to stop in five minutes, so -
3 and we're going to need a couple of minutes to talk about the
4 time. And on Monday it'll be 10:30 that we're going to start,
5 because I have some other things to do in the morning.
6 MR. ZLOTOFF: Do you want me to ask some more
7 questions or not at this point?
8 THE COURT: I don't mind, if that would be helpful.
9 If anybody has a question about timing, we could talk about
10 that, but otherwise you just ask her a couple of questions and
11 then I'll excuse you at 4:15.
12 MR. ROSEN: I have two questions. Is the rest of the
13 schedule for next week as you originally set forth?
14 THE COURT: Yes.
15 MR. ROSEN: And the second question is might we
16 inquire as for planning purposes as to the approximate length?
17 I don't intend to hold Mr. Zlotoff to it, but to the approximate
18 length of his proposed direct examination?
19 MR. ZLOTOFF: I -
20 THE COURT: Do we assume you won't object - or do we
21 assume -
22 MR. ZLOTOFF: Right.
23 THE COURT: We have to factor in all of that, if - if
24 you're asking him if he proceeded without objection, how he
25 would get through it. Otherwise he has to read your mind.
1 That's fine.
2 MR. ROSEN: He can assume I could make every objection
3 that a third-year law student having taken a course in the
4 Federal Rules of Evidence would make.
5 MR. ZLOTOFF: I have - it's only a very slim book that
6 I have here. I'm guessing an hour, an hour and a half at most,
7 I think.
8 MR. ROSEN: I thank you for the estimate. I won't
9 hold you to it, but I - it's a good faith estimate and I thank
10 you for that.
11 THE COURT: Do you have additional witnesses?
12 MR. ZLOTOFF: No.
13 THE COURT: Okay.
14 MR. ZLOTOFF: I - just for a minute here, just so I
15 can test the waters here. I want to segue and we'll get back to
16 Schedule B. I want to ask some other questions.
17 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
18 Q. Can you recall back in 1998, early 1998 what kind of work
19 Mr. Henson was doing?
20 MR. ROSEN: Objection.
21 THE COURT: Basis?
22 MR. ROSEN: No foundation.
23 THE COURT: Overruled. She's his wife.
24 MR. ROSEN: May I be heard?
25 THE COURT: Sure.
1 MR. ROSEN: The testimony of this witness -
2 THE COURT: You need to be at the microphone.
3 MR. ROSEN: The testimony of this witness is that she
4 and Mr. Henson essentially live separately lives. She
5 testified, for example, in connection with her own employment,
6 Mr. Henson didn't know where she worked. She testified with
7 respect to Mr. Henson's employment that he had some office at
8 some time, did not even - she didn't even know where it was.
9 THE COURT: I understand. Please sit down.
10 MR. ROSEN: It - this -
11 THE COURT: I understand. Please sit down. Sit down.
12 THE COURT: The objection's sustained.
13 MR. ROSEN: - my objection.
14 THE COURT: That's okay. The objection's sustained.
15 MR. ROSEN: Thank you.
16 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
17 Q. Ms. Lucas, do you - can you explain to us how - again the
18 time period would be early 1998, how your household affairs with
19 regard to bills and receipts coming in the mail would be
21 A. I opened the mail and I kept the papers with regard to
22 financial records, and I paid the bills.
23 MR. ROSEN: I'm sorry. I didn't hear the last part.
24 THE WITNESS: I paid the bills.
25 THE COURT: No, that's not what you do.
1 MR. ROSEN: I was talking to you, Judge.
2 THE COURT: You don't talk - you were looking at her.
3 MR. ROSEN: I was not looking at her, Judge. I was
4 looking at you.
5 THE COURT: Well, I didn't - I didn't see that. I saw
6 you looking at her.
7 In any event, you've - you've answered his question.
8 MR. ROSEN: Can I just have it read back? I didn't
9 hear it, the last part of it.
10 THE COURT: Sure. Absolutely. And then we'll - we'll
11 - let me just tell you for planning purposes that today, Friday,
12 on this day we're stopping at 4:15. You can't assume we're
13 going to stop at 4:15 in future days, so don't think for plane
14 reservation purposes or anything else that I'll necessarily stop
15 at 4:15. We may go a little later, certain days, depending on
16 how we do and what we're doing.
17 MR. ZLOTOFF: For planning, I need to announce that
18 Monday at 2:00 I have a hearing in front of Judge Grube.
19 THE COURT: What time?
20 MR. ZLOTOFF: A prehearing at 2:00. Prehearing's at
22 THE COURT: And - can you get a placement?
23 MR. ZLOTOFF: I'm sure I could.
24 THE COURT: Yeah. We'll be able to deal with it. So
25 it will involve probably a five- or 10-minute break.
1 Okay. Go ahead -
2 MR. ROSEN: No. I was asking for the answer to be
3 read back. I didn't hear the -
4 THE COURT: Oh, Liz, are you ready to do that?
5 (Record played as requested.)
6 THE REPORTER: Okay.
7 THE COURT: Okay.
8 BY MR. ZLOTOFF:
9 Q. Ms. Lucas, -
10 THE COURT: Wait. It's 4:15, Mr. Zlotoff, and there's
11 no point keeping them for two minutes of questions unless you
12 have a reason for it.
13 The Court will see everybody at 10:30 on Monday and
14 we'll continue the trial at that time.
15 MR. ZLOTOFF: Thank you, Your Honor.
16 THE COURT: Now I won't have anything else in court
17 Monday morning, so if you want to leave boxes or anything here,
18 you can. Nobody else will be here except the cleaning people
19 and the Court staff. So you're welcome to do that. And we'll
20 lock it up.
21 If I had an emergency, and I do get a fair number of
22 emergency, TROs, and that sort of thing, then I would have to
23 open the court, but the boxes could be, for example, stay in
24 that corner, and I wouldn't anticipate a problem because we
25 would be here if the Court were open.
1 MR. ROSEN: I think -
2 THE COURT: If that would help you, you can. If you
3 don't want that, that's fine, too.
4 MR. ROSEN: I thank Your Honor for your hospitality if
5 we've concluded for the day.
6 May I ask one question in terms of Your Honor's - for
7 Your Honor's guidance?
8 I did take your advice during the luncheon recess and
9 I read the Eisen case, which now thoroughly confuses me, but was
10 there a part of the case that Your Honor wanted me to look at to
11 address -
12 THE COURT: We'll talk about -
13 MR. ROSEN: - so I could research it over the
15 THE COURT: We'll talk about it when we reconvene.
16 MR. ROSEN: Okay.
17 THE COURT: Thank you.
18 (Trial was adjourned for the day at 4:19 o'clock p.m.)