Did Attorney General Shapiro petition high court to lift ban on release of grand jury report? We don’t know: it’s a secret process


July 2, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro last week vowed to petition the state’s high court to allow the release of a long-awaited grand jury report on clergy sex abuse.

Shapiro may have done just that on Monday – or not.

PennLive had no way of confirming either way since all documents pertaining to the report remain under tight seal.

Shapiro on Monday was poised to petition the state Supreme Court to release the findings of a grand jury investigation into the sex abuse of children by priests across the state.

Shapiro last week vowed to file an objection to the court’s decision to block the release of the report, noting that residents of the state had the right to see the report. Shapiro even tweeted his intentions to ask the court to make public the names of the individuals who challenged the report leading to the block and the reasons for their objection to the report.

But on Monday, the secret nature of grand jury investigations continued to check any public release of any information – including whether the state’s top law enforcement agent had filed the motion he vowed to file last week.

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