Mediation Continues in Priest Abuse Lawsuit

By Bob Driehaus
Cincinnati Post [Covington KY]
August 5, 2004

The judge overseeing a class action lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse against children by priests of the Diocese of Covington delayed a pretrial hearing in the case until September, as attorneys for both sides expressed optimism they can reach a settlement.

The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but Special Judge John Potter reset it for Sept. 20 at the request of the plaintiffs and the diocese.

Trial of the suit was rescheduled to Jan. 10 from Oct. 25, but both sides said they hope that the case will be settled before then.

"The parties remain hopeful that all of the claims can be resolved through the mediation process and without further litigation and request the court's indulgence while the mediation continues," the motion said.

Carrie Huff, attorney for the diocese, declined comment Wednesday.

Robert Steinberg, attorney for the victims, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


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