Monday, June 03, 2019

Supreme Court Denies Stay Sought By Presbyterian Church In Defamation Suit

Today the U.S. Supreme Court in Presbyterian Church v. Edwards, (Docket No. 18A1126, June 3, 2019) (Order List) denied an application to stay enforcement while a petition for certiorari is filed of an order by the Kentucky Supreme Court (see prior posting).  The Kentucky Supreme Court allowed discovery to proceed in a defamation suit against the Presbyterian Church to the extent necessary to determine if the church is entitled to ecclesiastical immunity. The Church claims that the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine precludes this.