Clergy sex abuse mediation set for September

The Guam Daily Post

March 21, 2018

By Kevin Kerrigan

The attorney for the Archdiocese of Agana said Tuesday in the District Court of Guam he would begin taking sworn statements from the plaintiffs today. He hopes settlement offers will be ready for mediation in the clergy sex abuse cases by September, three months later than previously expected.

At the status hearing yesterday, attorney Michael Patterson said he will begin taking sworn statements from 161 alleged victims, 151 of whom have filed sexual abuse lawsuits in either the District Court or the Superior Court of Guam.

Ten alleged victims have declined to file lawsuits, Patterson said, but he said they will be included in the final mediated settlement offers.

Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo has 53 of the cases and Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has 108. The two judges sat side by side on the bench Tuesday, presiding over this unusual joint hearing at the District Court. Fifteen attorneys representing all the plaintiffs were either in the courtroom or on the phone for the hearing.

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