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Sent on Mormon-News: 26Feb02
By Kent Larsen
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LDS Church Leaders Too Busy to Testify in Tribune Lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Attorneys for LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, Presidents Thomas S. Monson and James E. Faust and First Presidency Secretary F. Michael Watson have filed objections to subpoenas from the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co. requesting documents and their testimony in the lawsuit over the sale of the Tribune to Denver-based MediaNews Group, Inc. The attorneys say that since the LDS Church's First Presidency isn't a party to the lawsuit, church leaders are too busy to provide testimony and the requests for documents place an "undue economic burden" on the church.

The lawsuit seeks to maintain the option of the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co., the current managers of the newspaper who sold it to Telecommunications, Inc. (TCI) in 1997, to repurchase the newspaper from MediaNews Group later this year. TCI merged with AT&T in 1999, and AT&T sold the Salt Lake Tribune to MediaNews Group in January 2001. The Tribune and the Deseret News operate under a Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) under which they share production and business costs. The Deseret News, which is owned by the LDS Church, claims that the JOA gives them the right to veto any sale of the Tribune.


LDS Attorneys Resist Subpoenas
Salt Lake Tribune 14Feb02 US UT SLC B4
By Elizabeth Neff: Salt Lake Tribune
Church leaders termed too busy to testify in Tribune-News lawsuit


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