Archdiocese Arguing Thursday ...

SNAP Wisconsin
December 13, 2012

Archdiocese arguing Thursday that, in principle, all 570 victim cases should be tossed

Archdiocese arguing Thursday that, in principle, all 570 victim cases should be tossed from court

Two years of false hopes and 8 million dollars in lawyers’ fees later, apparent now that Listecki’s using bankruptcy to maintain cover up


After a court hearing in Milwaukee Federal Bankruptcy Court where Archbishop Jerome Listecki will petition Judge Susan V. Kelley to dismiss, in principle, nearly 600 cases by victim/survivors of childhood sex crimes by clergy of the Milwaukee archdiocese, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( will be joined by claimants in the hearing to discuss Kelley’s rulings and the future of the bankruptcy proceedings.

One of the cases being targeted for dismissal by the Archdiocese is community leader Leonard Sobczak. Sobczak, who was sexually assaulted by Fr. Richard Nichols at St. Peter and Paul parish on Milwaukee’s east side, has served as Chair of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.

Sobczak will join SNAP leaders after court to discuss his case and the outcome of the hearing.


Thursday, December 13th. Court hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.


On the front steps of the Federal Courthouse, 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.


In Federal Bankruptcy Court on Thursday December 13th Judge Susan V. Kelley will hear arguments from church lawyers who, at the instruction of Archbishop Jerome Listecki, will ask the court to again dismiss, in principle, nearly 600 cases filed by victims sexually assaulted by clergy of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, including Leonard Sobczak, who at the age of 13 was assaulted by Fr. Richard Nichols at St. Peter and Paul parish.


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