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]

Free Speech in Burning Theaters

No small amount of ink has been spilled over an alleged film that allegedly caused riots throughout pockets of the middle east, allegedly leading to the death of the US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and some of his staff members. I hedge because from the start of this story so many facts have been [...]

Firth of Fifth Solo

This piano solo, from an early Genesis album called Selling England by the Pound, is one of my favorite pieces of music, and also serves as the default ringtone on my cellphone. I poked around youtube and found a sizable community taking a stab at it. No one flat out nails it, but this woman [...]

Prince's Rorschachian Super Bowl Halftime Show

If this year’s Super Bowl halftime show seemed tame to you, it’s only because your untrained eye doesn’t know where to look for teh gay. Those so perceptively gifted are thankfully in persistent contact with our unelected censorship board, the FCC, who have helpfully made some 150+ enlightened observations available. The Smoking Gun has scans, [...]


We were walking back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge, and the sky could not have been more ominous. There’s a metaphor in this picture, but it’s so heavyhanded that I”d be embarrassed to name it even.

Saturday Random Music

Since everyone else does this on Friday, and since I’m always late to these things, here is my random iPod 10 for today. Very busy these days with Holy See paper, but I’ll try to post more when I can see the end of it at least.

For Shame of Doing Wrong, Yo La Tengo [...]

Hunter S. Thompson Followup Coverage

First, thanks for the link Roxanne (who has lots of linky goodness there):

Tom Wolfe has a great eulogy in the WSJ, including a great story where Hunter sees fit to utlilize a marine distress signaling device (audible for 20 miles) inside a midtown NY restaurant.

Ralph Steadman channels what he supposes would be Hunter’s [...]


The news hit me pretty hard, harder than I’d have expected. And while it’s a futile exercise to write about a writer as self-possessed as Hunter S. Thompson, I’ll say a few things, because he had a big impact on me. One can’t help but draw a parallel to Hemmingway, who also left on his [...]