March 25, 2005

Priest abuse trial to start

Oakland Tribune


HAYWARD Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the civil trial of two brothers suing the Diocese of Oakland over their alleged molestation by a former priest.

Jury selection was completed Tuesday, with the panel instructed to return Monday.

Richard Simons, the Thatchers' attorney, said questions remain on how much of former priest Robert Ponciroli's personnel file can be admitted and how extensive the testimony can be from other alleged victims.

Posted by kshaw at March 25, 2005 08:27 AM