July 20, 2005

Attorney In Defamation Case Says Bishop Perjured Himself


POSTED: 4:39 pm EDT July 20, 2005

CLEVELAND -- An attorney representing the family the defamation lawsuit against the Cleveland Catholic Diocese is asking that Bishop Anthony Pilla be taken in front of a grand jury.

Bill Crosby, who represents the Kodger family, sent letters Wednesday to Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason which he says show that Pilla perjured himself during his testimony Tuesday.

The defamation lawsuit centers around a statement from the diocese which said the Rev. James Mulica, who was accused of abusing the Kodgers' son 24 years ago, was moved to another church with the permission of the boy's family.

But the Kodger family says they never gave such permission to place the priest near other children.

During testimony, Pilla acknowledged that after completing treatment the priest was placed at parishes with schools.

The diocese could not be reached for comment.

Crosby plans on taking the transcript from Tuesday's testimony to the prosecutor's office by the beginning of next week.

Posted by kshaw at July 20, 2005 06:45 PM