Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

Online I can be found on Facebook, Twitter. My resume can be viewed here. I can be reached by phone at 212.645.6241 or by e-mail at pilutik[at]

Notes & Links | 1-25-12

I’ll bet there are a few posts I’ve made where I promise to post more but this time, no, THIS time, I’m really going to commit myself. This commitment will be a daily fight where I dissuade myself of the notion that my thoughts on a story aren’t original enough to merit inflicting on the world. I’m not self-indulgent by nature, which is why Twitter is tortuous (I mainly read it for breaking news, hockey trade rumors, and Canadian political news from my friend Kady), but people do email me to ask my opinion on this or that, so I’ll try to post more frequently on both legal stuff and other crap that interests me.

Birther Rebirth. I’ve been loosely following [on Fogbow] a developing situation in a Georgia state court, where Orly Taitz, who is equal parts incompetent and persistent, appears to have broken through the ties that conspire to prevent her myriad lawsuits challenging Obama’s citizenship from making their way through the courts. This particular suit challenges Obama’s name appearing on the 2012 Georgia ballot. An administrative law judge issued a subpoena for Obama to appear tomorrow morning, at Taitz’s request, and denied a motion by Obama’s attorney to quash it. Obama’s attorney wrote to the [politically suicidal] Georgia Sec’y of State to suggest the entire circus be shut down, but the Sec’y just refused. Game on!

Tennessee Is Also Crazy. State legislators have proposed that the public school textbooks adopt a criteria by which “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” In other words, the Constitution’s authors can’t be superheroes if they also slaves, because such a powerful hypocrisy might dawn on our children.

Tinkering. A seriously in-depth look at the hidden clues and meanings in the masterfully done Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Finally, Community Star Wars. Hundreds of “directors” filmed Star Wars in fifteen-second segments, which was then sewn together to match the full-length feature: