February 04, 2005

Pre-trial talks heat up in clergy sex-abuse cases

Contra Costa Times

By Randy Myers

OAKLAND - With two cases set to go to trial in a month and intense mediation under way, attorneys in the Northern California clergy sex abuse scandal went to court Thursday to hash out more pretrial details.

But while an Alameda Superior Court judge tentatively ruled on several actions that could shape the 11 scheduled trials, it was the legal maneuvering going on behind closed doors that seemed to hang over the proceedings.

Those discussions will likely produce more settlements, stopping some of the 150 cases from going to trial.

Some of the victims remain steadfast and want their day in court, said plaintiff attorney David Drivon.

"Some clients are motivated to have (a) public record made of this," he said.

Even without a trial, some of the victims' settlements require release of key documents.

Posted by kshaw at February 4, 2005 05:23 AM