Davenport Diocese Will Appeal Ruling to Hand over Documents

WQAD [Davenport IA]
December 24, 2003

DAVENPORT (AP) -- The Diocese of Davenport has appealed an order to provide records of sex-abuse allegations against priests going back 50 years.

A Clinton County district court judge made the order in a civil case brought by an alleged victim of sexual abuse by a diocese priest.

But the diocese says in its appeal that the order would force the church to reveal the identities of people who came forward with abuse complaints -- but thought they would remain confidential.

The lawyer suing the diocese on behalf of the alleged victim and five other plaintiffs in similar cases says his case hinges on the content of the requested court documents.


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