July 13, 2005

People still to be heard in diocese sex abuse settlement

Tucson Citizen


Although a federal judge approved the Diocese of Tucson's Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan Monday, the case will continue.

A plan to pay known victims of sexual abuse by priests was accepted by Judge James Marlar. But several pending settlements and objections to decisions by a claimants' panel remain to be heard in bankruptcy court.

The public hearing is at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 in federal bankruptcy court, 38 S. Scott Ave., Suite 204.

Details of the sex abuse claims are sealed by the court to protect the privacy of claimants.

Also, six cases of alleged sexual abuse by diocesan clergy are headed for trial in U.S. District Court, said Susan Boswell, lead bankruptcy attorney for the diocese. The claimants had the option of requesting a trial.

Posted by kshaw at July 13, 2005 07:34 AM