Bridgeport Diocese Appeals Court Order to Open Records

WTMH [Connecticut]
December 27, 2006

A long-running legal battle over documents involving allegations of sexual abuse by priests continues.

The Diocese of Bridgeport says it's appealing a Waterbury judge's ruling that thousands of pages of court files involving lawsuits against priests accused of sexual abuse be made public. The case involves files concerning allegations of sexual abuse by as many as 23 priests in the diocese.

Lawyers for the diocese have notified court officials of plans to appeal the decision of Judge Jon Alander to unseal some 12-thousand documents that have been under seal since the diocese settled sexual abuse claims by 23 individuals in March of 2001.

Alander ruled December Sixth that the public has the right to view the sealed documents, saying that keeping the documents secret to ensure a fair trial is no longer relevant. He ruled about a year after the state Supreme Court said the files should be open to the public and sent the case back to the lower court.


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