February 16, 2006

Masters oversee diocese fund

Cincinnati Enquirer

BURLINGTON - A longtime Northern Kentucky resident and Cincinnati business leader will play a leading role in administering the $85 million fund for people abused by employees of the Diocese of Covington.

William Burleigh, chairman of the board of the E.W. Scripps Co., will be one of two special masters in charge of distributing the money. He will share the duties with Thomas D. Lambros, a retired federal judge living in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Special Judge John Potter of Louisville, who is presiding over the sex-abuse case in Boone Circuit Court, appointed the pair on Tuesday to oversee the fund.

"I hope that we can bring some healing," said the 70-year-old Burleigh. "My role is to do my part to try to bring equity and fairness to the final disposition of this case."

The two will decide claims based on the severity and type of abuse for the approximately 361 claims. Settlements will range from $5,000 to $450,000.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2006 07:12 AM