News / Utah / 

Ore. Court Rules Against Church's Bid to Keep Finances Secret

Ore. Court Rules Against Church's Bid to Keep Finances Secret

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected an effort by the Mormon church to withhold financial information in a lawsuit by a man claiming a "home teacher" molested him about 20 years ago.

But the decision was reached on narrow pretrial grounds and that means the court could ultimately side with the church's position.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appealed a trial court's order that it turn over financial information. But late Monday night the Oregon Supreme Court rejected the appeal.

An attorney for the man suing the church says the information is necessary for a jury so they can consider his clients request for $45 million in damages. A trial in the case is scheduled for Aug. 6.

The church says the Constitution protects its right to keep financial information private.

The LDS church has not released financial information since 1959.

Information from: The Oregonian

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast