An outcry is needed. Send a brief letter or email to the Los Angeles Times or the Orange County Register, insisting that church files be released. Then send a copy of your letter to Raymond Boucher, the lead plaintiff's attorney in the settlement talks.
* The handling of the Orange County claims will set a precedent for resolving cases in other Southern California dioceses – including the roughly 500 claims in Los Angeles. See recent articles from the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press about the O.C. settlement negotiations.
* Church documents must be released to shed light on how perpetrators
hid their crimes. Consider the shocking story
of Orange County’s renowned Mater Dei High School, “the most
successful Catholic high school in the western United States,” and
the many alleged child molesters who have worked there.
* In a July 2003 Q. and A. with his public relations director, Orange County Bishop Tod D. Brown responded to media criticism, saying that he had handed over every document requested by the D.A.
1. Express your interest in the release of church documents to the LA Times in a brief letter to the editor.
* Send via email to email@example.com
3. Copy attorney Raymond Boucher on your note to the newspaper.
* Email Raymond Boucher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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