to Sue Albany Diocese in Vermont Fails
By Mark Hamblett
New York Law Journal
A plaintiff who alleged he was sexually abused by a
priest failed in his bid to bring sexual abuse allegations in
Vermont against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
Taking the rare step of issuing a writ of mandamus,
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the fact
that the diocese holds occasional worship services over the
border from New York fell far short of giving a federal court
jurisdiction over the case.
The Second Circuit ordered U.S. District Judge William
Sessions to dismiss the case of Shovah v. Roman Catholic Diocese
of Albany, New York, 13-4736-cv, where allegations against the
diocese in New York were defeated by the statute of limitations.