Federal bankruptcy judge orders San Diego clergy sex abuse trials
[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered 42 clergy sex abuse cases against the Catholic Diocese of San Diego[diocesan website] to go to trial Friday, accepting arguments byplaintiffs lawyers that the move could push pressure on the diocese tosettle the claims. The trials were suspended in February - the nightbefore they were scheduled to begin - after the diocese sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection[JURIST report]. The diocese so far has sought to settle with victimsfor some $94 million, considerably short of the $200 million claimed byplaintiffs attorneys. No trial schedule has yet been set, but the firstof the cases could proceed within 60 days.
In January 2007, the Catholic Diocese of Spokane [diocesan website] agreed to settle molestation claims [JURIST report] against its priests for $48 million as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan. The Archdiocese of Portland filed for Chapter 11 [JURIST report] in 2004, and the dioceses of Tuscon, Spokane, and Davenport soon followed suit in the wake of hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits [JURIST news archive] against clergy. AP has more.
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