Judge Won't Order Reporter to Testify about Ex-Priest
Schauer Alleges Diocese Knew about Buzanowski's Abuse
By Andy Nelesen
Green Bay Press-Gazette [Wisconsin]
October 7, 2006
Brown County Circuit Court Judge Mark Warpinski ruled Friday that a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter would not have to testify about information she provided to the David Schauer family in 2003 after unearthing a letter from a former priest to a friend in which he admits molesting 14 boys.
Schauer, 28, of Marshfield has sued the diocese, Ss. Peter and Paul School, and Hawkeye Security Insurance Co. alleging that the diocese and school officials were aware that then-Rev. Donald Buzanowski preyed on boys and failed to protect students. Buzanowski was convicted in July 2005 of fondling Schauer during counseling sessions at the school in the fall of 1988.
Lawyers for Schauer and the diocese agreed that a stipulation should be crafted that included statements about the reporter meeting with David Schauer and his family, that the reporter told them that Buzanowski had been allowed to counsel children after the Schauers had been told that he wouldn't and that there was evidence that Buzanowski may have molested other boys.
The stipulation — which appeased both plaintiff and defense counsel — prompted Warpinski to quash the subpoena requiring the reporter to testify.
The lawyers are expected meet with Warpinski on Monday morning to discuss a new trial schedule.
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