February 22, 2006

Highest New York court rules against Brooklyn clergy abuse victims


Andrew Wood at 3:07 PM ET

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn [diocesan website] could use the statute of limitations as a defense in two sexual abuse cases. In one case the plaintiff argued that he suffered abuse from 1963 to 1970 but it left him mentally incapable of bringing a suit before the statute of limitations expired. In the other case, 42 plaintiffs brought a suit against the thirteen individual priests, a monsignor, and both the bishop and the diocese.

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2006 09:41 AM