Judge Delays First Priest Sex-Abuse Trial in Oregon

The Oregonian
September 19, 2006

A federal judge has postponed the first Catholic priest sex-abuse trial in Oregon.

The trial, which concerns sex-abuse allegations against the late Rev. Maurice Grammond, is now scheduled to begin Dec. 11.

The suit, which seeks $135 million, had been scheduled for Oct. 10 in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Although several hundred people have claimed they were molested by priests, no cases had gone to trial when the Portland Archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection in 2004.

The move froze all the pending litigation, although U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris earlier this year decided to begin to allow cases to go to trial.

There were no signs of the parties in the courthouse Tuesday morning. And it is not clear whether the mediation caused the postponement.


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