February 17, 2005

New judge chosen to preside over L.A. clergy abuse cases

Contra Costa Times


LOS ANGELES - A new judge has been named to oversee the settlement of more than 500 clergy abuse cases against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman will be replaced by Judge Charles "Tim" McCoy because insurance carriers for the church objected to Lichtman's handling of the case.

Lichtman has presided over settlement talks in Los Angeles for more than two years. He played a key role in negotiating a recent record-breaking $100 million settlement with alleged clergy abuse victims in the Diocese of Orange.

Posted by kshaw at February 17, 2005 06:56 AM