After four people brought a lawsuit against the Church in March, their lawyers subpoenaed President Thomas S. Monson to appear in court. Here's the judge's response.
A U.S. District judge will decide whether four Navajos' allegations of sexual abuse in a now-defunct LDS Church foster placement program belongs in Navajo Nation court or federal court.
Judge Robert Shelby also Monday put a hold on their attorney's attempt to take a deposition from LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson until he has decided the jurisdictional question.
Shelby indicated issuing a subpoena for President Monson this early in the federal case was premature. He said it "seems to me to invite the court to question what is motivating the litigation in this case." Lawyers on both sides agreed not to file any other motions while Shelby deliberates.