March 16, 2006

Settlement announced in priest sex abuse lawsuits

The Clarion-Ledger

A settlement has been reached between the Catholic Diocese of Jackson and 19 individuals suing the diocese over allegations of sexual abuse by priests. attorneys for the parties announced today.

The diocese and its insurers have agreed to pay $5,162,500 to the group, according to a statement released this afternoon.
Among the suits being settled is one brought by Kenneth, Thomas and Francis Morrison. The brothers filed a $48 million lawsuit in Hinds County Circuit Court in 2002. They claimed they were abused by a priest more than 30 years ago. The trial had been on hold while the Supreme Court considered the diocese's motion for dismissal.

Posted by kshaw at March 16, 2006 08:02 PM