DA joins push to release priest abuse report at 6 Pa. dioceses, including Allentown

Express-Times and Lehigh Valley Live

July 9, 2018

By Pamela Sroka-Holzmann


Northampton County’s District Attorney is calling on all state district attorneys to support the release of a grand jury report discussing the handling of sexual abuse claims involving six Roman Catholic dioceses, including Allentown.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a news conference Monday afternoon, saying he wants the state’s District Attorneys Association to file an “amicus curiae” brief supporting state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and making it clear the state’s district attorneys supports the release of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury report.

Like-minded organizations should also file briefs, Morganelli said.

“Pennsylvania’s grand jury practice is under assault,” he said. “Pennsylvania’s entire grand jury system could be undermined if a group of people are successful in blocking publication of the grand jury report by the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury into alleged sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania.”

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