November 19, 2005

Church asks court to shield its files

LA Daily News

Associated Press

The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese asked an appeals court not to release the confidential personnel files of two former priests accused of sex abuse, despite a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that gave prosecutors access to the documents.

In a letter filed Friday with the 2nd District Court of Appeal, attorney Jeffrey S. Koenig said the Archdiocese of Los Angeles plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case within the next few weeks.

"If the privileged documents are turned over to the grand jury, our efforts to obtain further ... review will be rendered moot," the letter said.

Tod Tamberg, archdiocese spokesman, didn't immediately return a call Friday, nor did other attorneys for the archdiocese.

Posted by kshaw at November 19, 2005 07:04 AM