March 24, 2005

Diocese, victim's lawyer predict victory

Altoona Mirror

By Phil Ray

The Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese and the attorney for an alleged priest abuse victim predicted victory as they prepared to return to Superior Court to argue for a third time about the amount of money the former Altoona resident should receive.

The diocese says it shouldn't have to pay Michael Hutchison, now of Akron, Ohio, the $1 million in punitive damages the jury awarded him almost 11 years ago.

Hutchison's Altoona attorney, Richard M. Serbin, said there is evidence to warrant the punitive damages.

Posted by kshaw at March 24, 2005 08:20 AM