St. Paul Archbishop Will Give Testimony Next Month
By Emily Gurnon
February 27, 2014
|Archbishop John Nienstedt (Pioneer Press: John Doman)|
Attorneys for a plaintiff in a clergy sexual abuse case will take the testimony of Archbishop John Nienstedt and former top deputy Rev. Kevin McDonough on March 19 and 20, attorney Jeff Anderson announced Thursday.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had objected to the depositions, asking Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North to stop them. But Van de North ruled Feb. 16 that the depositions should go forward.
The judge also refused to stay his order that the archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona submit names of priests accused of sexual abuse since 2004.
The dispute came in the case of John Doe 1 v. the archdiocese, the diocese and Thomas Adamson. Adamson is a former priest who has been sued more than a dozen times for allegedly sexually abusing children.