Post-Gazette, other Pa. news outlets petition Supreme Court for access to grand jury report on clergy sex abuse

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 29, 2018

By Liz Navratil and Angela Couloumbis

Harrisburg – Seven news organizations went to the state’s highest court Friday to force the release of a long-awaited grand jury report detailing allegations of decades of child sexual abuse covered up by Catholic dioceses across the state.

The news outlets, including The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to lift its indefinite stay on the report’s release and make public the names of those individuals and organizations waging a fierce but secret court battle to block the document from being disseminated.

Lawyers for the news organizations called the report a “matter of extraordinary public importance.”

“Needless to say, Report No. 1 [grand jury report] is of extraordinary importance to the public in general and to abuse victims in particular,” Eli Segal and Michael A. Schwartz, the Pepper Hamilton LLP lawyers representing the media organizations, wrote in court papers filed Friday. The coalition of outlets also includes The Associated Press, WHYY, LNP Media Group Inc., NBC subsidiary WCAU-TV and Telemundo Mid-Atlantic LLC.

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