March 14, 2006

Monitor appointment challenged

The Cincinnati Post

By Paul A. Long
Post staff reporter

5The judge presiding over the sexual-abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington has no authority to appoint a monitor to oversee the distribution of payments, both sides said in a rare joint filing in Boone Circuit Court.

Attorneys Stan Chesley and Carrie Huff are asking Senior Judge John Potter to rescind the appointment of Cincinnati attorney Matthew Garretson. Both argue that Garretson is not only unqualified for the position, he is unnecessary and unwanted.

Potter made the appointment last week, saying he wanted someone to act as his "eyes and ears." He previously said he planned to make the appointment, and even then, both sides objected, saying the job was an unnecessary expense, with tasks that far more qualified people were already doing. A hearing on the dispute is set for today.

Posted by kshaw at March 14, 2006 02:32 PM