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Lawyers in Sex Abuse Case Twist LDS Beliefs to Push for President Monson to Appear in Court

In a lawsuit that was brought against the Church in March, four people are suing the Church, saying they were sexually abused when they were placed with Utah families as part of the “Indian Student Placement Program” in the 1960s and ’70s.

Though President Monson had no knowledge or oversight of the program while it was in place, lawyers for the four suing the Church subpoenaed President Monson, a motion LDS Church attorneys fought.

 Now the plaintiff's lawyers are pushing for a second time to have President Monson appear, and they are twisting LDS beliefs and using his calling as a prophet to argue their case.

“According to Church policy, ‘The prophet [President Monson,] is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time,'” Craig Vernon, the head lawyer for the plaintiffs, wrote.

He continues: “He has unique personal knowledge because of the reasons stated above; additionally, Church policy states that because of his position as President and Prophet, President Monson’s knowledge is unique and superior on ‘any subject, at any time.'”

LDS Church lawyers have not yet responded to this new claim. 

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