Key players, moments in priest sex-abuse cases
April 13, 2007
Here are key players and developments in the priest sex-abuse cases against
the Archdiocese of Portland:
|1. Joe Elliott's lawsuit in December 1999
started a flood of priest sex-abuse litigation against the Portland
|2. Elliott's suit named the Rev. Maurice
Grammond, a deceased priest accused of molesting about 60 boys between
the 1950s and 1980s.
|3. Attorneys Bill Barton (right) and David
Slader were scheduled to go to trial in July 2004 in cases involving
|4. Archbishop John G. Vlazny's precedent-setting
decision to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection put a stop to the
|5. Lyle C. Velure, a Lane County circuit
judge, was appointed one of two mediators in August 2006 -- two years
into a bankruptcy proceeding that was not progressing quickly.
|6. U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan,
Velure's longtime mediation partner, helped broker a $75 million settlement
announced in December 2006.
|7. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L.
Perris ruled today that she plan meets the requirements with one small
change; she is expected to issue her final order Tuesday.