Judge grants small legal victory to AP, church sex abuse victims


January 31, 2020

By Travers Mackel

A Civil Court judge in New Orleans ruled that the Associated Press can move forward with its attempt to unseal emails between the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the New Orleans Saints.

Judge Ellen Hazeur ruled that a special master will hear the matter in February.

The AP and lawyers representing victims of clergy sexual abuse are trying to have the documents unsealed.

The Saints, at this time, are trying to block that release.

The team admits that executives worked with the archbishop in 2018 on media relations when the church released the names of clergy credible accused of sexual abuse.

The Saints say their work was “minimal” and they remain appalled by the actions of former clergy.

It comes as SNAP, a survivors group of victims, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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