January 04, 2006

Statute of limitations case heard

The Observer-Dispatch

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2006

Rocco LaDuca

ALBANY -- The New York state Court of Appeals heard arguments today whether the statute of limitations should not shield Catholic priest the Rev. James Quinn from allegations he sexually abused a young parishioner in Utica more than 30 years ago.

Utica attorney Frank Policelli argued Quinn’s case should be reinstated for trial because Quinn and the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse had concealed the alleged abuse of John Zumpano between 1963 to 1970.

That prevented Zumpano from realizing he could “take action against the wrongful acts,” Policelli argued.

Mark Schulte, the attorney for the diocese, argued, however, there were no allegations of specific “subsequent acts of wrongdoing” that prevented Zumpano from taking action.

Posted by kshaw at January 4, 2006 07:59 AM