May 08, 2006

Deciding on limitations

Colorado Daily News

Sunday, May 7, 2006 9:14 PM MDT

The Associated Press DENVER

Even if the Legislature fails to act to aid victims of sex abuse by clergy, victims' lawyers say their lawsuits will proceed.

Some victims are blaming the Roman Catholic Church for lobbying against legislation to extend the statute of limitations for sex-abuse victims.

“The lawsuits against the Catholic Church will go forward, with or without the legislation,” lawyer Adam Horowitz of Miami told The Denver Post. Twenty-four lawsuits have already been filed.

“The existing lawsuits were brought before this legislation came about,” said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney who has sued dioceses across the country, including in Colorado. “This failure by public-policy makers will have no impact on the lawsuits. There are arguments around the statute of limitations we have right now.”

Posted by kshaw at May 8, 2006 08:24 AM