November 19, 2005

California high court boosts Los Angeles D-A's effort to see ex-priests' files


LOS ANGELES California's Supreme Court has given a boost to the Los Angeles District Attorney's effort to see the personnel files of two ex-priests accused of sexual molestation.

The high court refused to overturn a lower court ruling that orders Cardinal Roger Mahony to release the records.

But the three-year battle in the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese may not be over. An attorney for the former priests says he may appeal to the U-S Supreme Court. Mahony has argued that opening the files would violate the church's constitutional right of religious freedom.

Posted by kshaw at November 19, 2005 01:56 AM