Sex abuse allegations in bankruptcy case reveal no safety crisis, judge says

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Feb. 29, 2012

The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy said Wednesday that a review of sex abuse allegations in the case reveals no current child safety crisis and that suggestions otherwise – by lawmakers and victim advocates – are a distortion of the facts.

“We cannot control what is said by others on the courthouse steps,” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley said.

At a hearing where she rejected a request by the archdiocese to release limited statistical information about the abuse claims, Kelley admonished lawyers on both sides to, as she said, return to the business of bankruptcy, which is “primarily financial.”

Kelley said the vast majority of the offenses alleged in the claims are older.

“The purpose of bankruptcy is for a debtor file a plan, to pay the valid claims. We’re not here to embarrass or humiliate people or to bring up matters from the 1950s,” she said.

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