Court Suspends Attorney John Aretakis

Capital News 9
December 11, 2008

[with video]

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A local attorney known for representing alleged victims of abuse by priests in the Catholic Church has been suspended for one year.

A state appeals court found that John Aretakis has "repeatedly crossed the line as a lawyer" by making false accusations against judges, knowingly making false statements of law and fact, and engaging in conduct degrading to the court -- all of which violate the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Aretakis issued the following statement:

Bishop Hubbard has used all of his resources, influence and power to try to muzzle me for the past six years due to my effective work in exposing sexual predators in ministry. I call upon Governor Paterson to investigate this unfair and unprecedented punishment. I am one of only two attorneys in all of New York State who fights sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. I will continue to work in every capacity that I am allowed to in order to expose those who sexually abuse children and those individuals such as Bishop Hubbard who continue to cover up these crimes.


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