Judge backs disclosure in church abuse case

The Morning Call

July 21, 2018

By Tim Darragh

The judge overseeing the grand jury that investigated sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses ruled Friday that legal briefs containing “specific factual findings” of individuals named in an investigative report may be made public.

Lawyers representing unnamed priests and possibly other individuals named in the grand jury’s report, which is expected to catalog decades of sexual abuse of children by clergymen, sought to block release of a brief filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.

They argued the brief, even though redacted, violates grand jury secrecy and includes findings about the priests named in the report. The report remains sealed.

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