November 16, 2005

Judge orders release of priest sex abuse records


BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A judge has ordered the release of church records and documents relating to the clergy sexual abuse scandal that are held by the attorney general's office.

Chittenden County Superior Court Judge Ben Joseph said disclosing the files to a lawyer representing 13 people charging they were sexually abused in the past by priests "is clearly in the 'public interest.'"

Jerome O'Neill, the attorney for the alleged 13 victims, praised the decision. He said until now, the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has been less than forthcoming in responding to his pretrial disclosure requests.

Posted by kshaw at November 16, 2005 08:05 AM