State High Court Hears Church Abuse Case

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Wednesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments in a sexual abuse case against the Diocese of Nashville. The court will decide if the lawsuit should go to a jury.

The case was filed by two victims of former priest Edward McKoewn.

The two men sued the Diocese of Nashville for millions of dollars, claiming church leaders knew McKeown was a pedophile and didn't do enough to make that fact known to the public.

The case has already gone before two courts.

"There was no cause of action, no reason for this lawsuit to go forward and (the court) dismissed it in summary judgement," said Rick Musacchio.

The attorney for the victims, John Day, said, "These young men who were abused by this pedophile were innocent and they deserve to have the wrongdoer held accountable, including the Diocese of Tennessee."

McKoewn was sentenced to 25 years in prison for abusing a 12-year-old boy.


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