Judges’ recusals detailed

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com Jan. 28, 2017

Citing conflict of interest or appearance of bias, all eight trial court judges in the Superior Court of Guam have filed 84 notices of disqualification from cases related to alleged sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Among the judges’ reasons for recusals are their relationships with either the alleged victims of clergy sex abuses or the accused priests, including Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, as well as other defendants, such as the Archdiocese of Agana.

Judge Vernon P. Perez, for example, said he is a friend and former high school classmate of Walter G. Denton, who has accused Apuron of raping him in the 1970s.

Judge Anita A. Sukola said she is personally acquainted with Apuron and is closely related to several members of the Neocatechumenal Way, an organization within the archdiocese.

Judge Elyze Iriarte said a family member claims to have witnessed one of the accused priests, Louis Brouillard, engaging in acts similar to those described in lawsuits filed.

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