3 Dec 2007

Documents shed more light about clergy sex abuse cases in Rhode Island

The Providence Journal - December 2, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—More details about clergy sex abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island are coming to light as documents turned over to alleged victims by the court begin surfacing as trail exhibits or in motions.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the documents add details to what was already known about sex abuse by priests and the church's efforts to cover it up.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence had hoped to put the issue behind them when it settled three dozen sexual-abuse cases for $14 million in 2002.

But the cases of plaintiffs who hadn't settled is forcing the church to make public documents it had hoped would remain private.

Both sides had entered mediation on the remaining cases, but Tobin decided not to settle, saying that the plaintiffs sought an unreasonable amount of money.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.projo.com/


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