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

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



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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.)

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