Archbishop Wins MO Supreme Court Delay
January 13, 2013
St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Robert Carlson has won a delay from the Missouri Supreme Court so that he will not have to turn over the names of 115 archdiocesan employees who have been accused of sexually assaulting children.
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is disappointed in the one sentence decision (available on CaseNet).
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says the state’s highest court is being inconsistent.
“When Carlson sought 20 years of our records, the Supreme Court didn’t stop that process,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “We weren’t even a party to that litigation and no one’s ever accused us of having or hiding 115 accused predators. We hope the Court will soon see that both the judge and the appellate court were right in saying that an archbishop must obey the rules like any other defendant.”
The case – Jane Doe v. Fr. Joseph D. Ross and the St. Louis archdiocese is set for trial next month.