Now that the Quincy decision has been published, I shall use the next few weeks to publish selected excerpts from the testimony at the trial. In light of the efforts by ECUSA to advance -- in all of its litigated cases thus far -- a particular theory of its polity as "three-tiered" (from General Convention to the Dioceses to the individual parishes), with the claim that the structure is "hierarchical", I want to begin with the close examination of that claim made at the Quincy trial, which resulted in Judge Ortbal's careful and measured findings that I analyzed here.
The best way to do so is through the cross-examination of ECUSA's expert witness on its polity and history, Dr. Robert Bruce Mullin, who testified all day on both April 29 and April 30 of this year. His cross-examination by Alan Runyan, an attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina under Bishop Lawrence, is a case study in how to break apart a structure into which every effort has been poured to make it appear as solid.
That cross-examination (on behalf of the Anglican Diocese) was followed by a further and well-honed cross-examination by Talmadge G. Brenner, the Chancellor for Quincy, on behalf of its bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alberto Morales, whom ECUSA had named individually as a counter-defendant in its counterclaim in the case. (That is what comes of suing people personally -- they get their own attorneys, who have the right to participate fully in all aspects of the trial.)
Accordingly, here is the link to the transcript of that testimony on the afternoon of April 30, 2013 (a .pdf download). In a later update to this post, I will have more comments on its high points. (As some readers have already noted, the transcript is not without its errors -- some of them [as in "Metropolitical Sea"] unintentionally comical. The problem is that the standard reference book for court reporters does not include any official abbreviations for ecclesiastical terms, such as "dioceses", "synod", or "see" -- as in the see of a bishop. So they took down those terms as they heard them from the witness stand.)