A judge has issued an order quashing the subpoena that would have required LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson to testify in a case in which Navajos say they were sexually abused while placed in Mormon homes through a church program. Third District Judge Su Chon, however, appeared to leave open the possibility that Monson, considered a "prophet, seer and revelator" by the Mormon faithful, could give a deposition later. She ordered that "depositions of lower-level corporate representatives or officers should be noticed prior to any deposition of President Monson."
In her Tuesday ruling, she said the LDS leader would not be forced to testify in the case and precluded plaintiffs from deposing Monson "or obtaining the documents sought by way of the subpoena at this time."
Attorneys for Navajos identified only by their initials obtained the subpoena to compel the LDS leader to testify about the church-sponsored Indian Student Placement Program, which operated from 1947 to the mid-90s.