February 10, 2005

Lawyers: Most sex abuse claims probably filed


TUCSON, Ariz. Lawyers say 16 clergy sex abuse claims have been filed in response to public notices made as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson's bankruptcy proceedings.

The diocese lawyer in its Chapter 11 reorganization case says two of the 16 cases were already filed as lawsuits in Pima County Superior Court.

Susan Boswell also says it hasn't been determined whether all 14 new claims are valid.

Another lawyer representing claimants who've sued the diocese says he anticipates 30 more claims would be added to the 16 by Friday.

Anyone filing a claim in hopes of obtaining a settlement under the bankruptcy must do so by the court's April 15 deadline.

Posted by kshaw at February 10, 2005 11:00 PM