Attorneys representing a woman who claims she was raped in 1983 at the Provo Missionary Training Center by her mission president have withdrawn as her representatives.
Attorneys Craig K. Vernon and Jeffrey R. Oritt were granted withdrawal Monday from McKenna Denson’s case by Judge Dustin B. Pead.
A representative for Vernon’s office said, “There is no comment at this time.”
In documents filed May 31, it states the Denson had not responded to outstanding discovery requests by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the defendant in the case.
Denson’s responses were due April 15 and to date, had not yet been filed.
Denson has also reportedly provided conflicting information on issues including an alleged forthcoming book.
“Ms. Denson’s productions and responses to interrogatories are incomplete and inconsistent with her deposition testimony,” court documents state. “For example, Ms. Denson testified that she is writing a book about her allegations and this case. She produced only a single page ‘outline’ and, when pressed, she indicated that was all she had written. Just a few days later, however, Ms. Denson posted on social media that her book is ‘nearly complete.’”
The court has given Denson 21 days to find new representation for her case.
If she fails to file a notice of substitution of counsel or notice of appearance, the case may be dismissed or show a default judgment.
The court has ordered all litigation dates be stayed until new representation is obtained.
A number of documents regarding the withdrawal of the Vernon and Oritt have been redacted and sealed by the court.