Mahony Asks Top Court to Shield Priest Files

Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2006,0,3515088.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to keep personnel files on priests confidential.

Lawyers for Mahony filed a petition to the Supreme Court on Thursday in the latest move to block a subpoena from Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who is seeking files as part of a grand jury investigation into alleged sexual abuse by priests.

In a series of court battles in recent years, Mahony has fought to keep the files sealed, arguing that the church's constitutional right to religious freedom is at issue.


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