Court seeks input on secrecy of sex abuse grand jury report

Associated Press

July 2, 2018

By Mark Scolforo

[This article provides a link to a docket that lists the media motion, Application to Intervene to Seek Public Access to Grand Jury Report and Associated Docket Sheets.]

A lengthy report into allegations of sexual abuse and related cover-ups within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic churches remained on hold Monday, as the state’s highest court gave those who wanted to keep the grand jury report under wraps three days to weigh in.

The state Supreme Court, through its filing office, told lawyers for those who have pending appellate challenges to the report’s release that they will have until Thursday afternoon to respond to a request to unseal it by The Associated Press and six other media organizations.

The media organizations on Friday asked to intervene and make the argument to the Supreme Court that the report should be released. They said those who wanted to respond to the report itself had apparently already been given such an opportunity by the judge who supervised the investigative grand jury.

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