Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Judges Leonard P. Moore, James L. Oakes, Henry J. Friendly, Rev. Moon, Laurence Tribe; 1982, Court of Appeals - Rev. Moon

Rev. Sun Myung Moon observes as his attorney, Lawrence H. Tribe, addresses appellate judges Leonard P. Moore, James L. Oakes, and Henry J. Friendly. Moon's sentence for tax fraud was upheld.

Date: 

1982

Size: 

37.5 x 46

Subjects: 

Collection Information

Box: 

58

Folder: 

328

Identifier: 

5972

The Income Tax Fraud Trial of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon

U.S. v. Moon, 718 F.2d 1210 (2d Cir. 1983)

During the 1970s, cults were often the subjects of mass media attention. The Manson Family ushered in the decade by murdering innocents in the name of Charlie/God and the Beatles, and Jim Jones closed it out with the largest mass suicide of Americans in the country’s history.

Between these events, the Unification Church gained attention for its sweeping and successful efforts in recruiting young people. The Church’s leader was Sun Myung Moon, a 56-year-old of North Korean descent with wide-ranging business and political interests.

Parents of Unification members sought the right to “deprogram” their children in 1977, with both legal and media representatives attempting to define the line between brainwashing and practicing the religion of one’s choice. Lawsuits against Moon’s church resulted in a relatively equal share of victories and defeats, so in 1982, the American government took a hard look at his finances. He was convicted of income tax fraud that May in a trial widely regarded as having its roots in questions of religion rather than those of justice. He served 13 months of an 18-month sentence.

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Scene from case of Louis and Barbara Larson. Louis sought the aid of the court to regain custody of his daughter, Barbara, a member of Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification church. Attorneys for Barbara Larson, including Jeremiah Gutman, and an attorney for Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification church appear before Justice Alvin Klein.

Date: 

1978

Size: 

33.75 x 43

Subjects: 

Collection Information

Box: 

46

Folder: 

264

Identifier: 

4944

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