Saturday, July 14, 2007
Kenneth I. Johnson Jr. alleges in an Oregon lawsuit that he was repeatedly sexually molested by a Mormon "home teacher" in the late 1980s, and is seeking $45 million in punitive damages. In connection with that request, he's sought discovery of the church's financial status, which has been kept secret since 1959. The Oregon Supreme Court rejected emergency relief (I assume a mandamus position or the like) on Monday, refusing to block the discovery.
The church settled the last case that came close to revealing that information, though the causal connection is not clear (i.e., it's not clear that the settlement was a way to avoid its release or simply a settlement).