Law Suit against Diocese of Duluth Asks for Additional Documents

By Kati Anderson
Northlands News Center
January 22, 2014

[with video]

Duluth, MN ( -- The Diocese of Duluth is requesting a public nuisance complaint in a sexual abuse case involving Father John Nicholson be dropped.

Attorney Mike Finnegan represents two sexual abuse survivors who have filled law suits against the Diocese.

The suits ask the Diocese to release the names of 17 priests they say are credibly accused of sexual assault.

On December 31, the diocese released the names of the 17 priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse.

The law suites also ask for the documents that detail what bishops and officials knew about the priests; when they knew it, and what they did in response to the abuse reports.

"It's really only those documents that they have hidden and kept secret in the chancery that only the bishop and his top officials have access to and show the whole picture," said Finnegan.

The Diocese attorney argued that since the names of the priests were released, there is no need to release the additional documents.

The judge will make a decision in the next 30 days to determine if the claim can go forward.



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