•   
  •   
  •   

USNew court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

22:40  12 june  2019
22:40  12 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Judge rejects House Dems attempt to block Trump use of military funds for border wall

Judge rejects House Dems attempt to block Trump use of military funds for border wall A federal judge has ruled against congressional Democrats who sought to temporarily stop the president from using military funds for a border wall. 

Serbin said Wednesday the new decision could help some people with clergy child sexual abuse claims pursue lawsuits, those who can argue the 2018 grand jury report was the first they learned church officials were complicit in covering up abuse . "I think it's going to put some pressure on the

Serbin said Wednesday the new decision could help some people with clergy child sexual abuse claims pursue lawsuits, those who can argue the 2018 grand jury report was the first they learned church officials were complicit in covering up abuse . “I think it’s going to put some pressure on the

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed© Matt Rourke/AP Photos Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury report released Tuesday says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. The people seated were some of those affected by the clergy abuse. HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese worked to conceal her alleged molestation by a priest.

Stan Lee’s Estate Sues Former Manager for Elder Abuse and Allegedly Ripping Him Off for Years

Stan Lee’s Estate Sues Former Manager for Elder Abuse and Allegedly Ripping Him Off for Years The estate for legendary Marvel creator Stan Lee has filed a lawsuit against a former manager, claiming he took advantage of Lee’s declining health to make himself millions of dollars. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia Lee, is suing Mac “Max” Anderson, a former security guard who became Lee’s […] The post Stan Lee’s Estate Sues Former Manager for Elder Abuse and Allegedly Ripping Him Off for Years

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Serbin said Wednesday the new decision could help some people with clergy child sexual abuse claims pursue lawsuits, those who can argue the

(AP) - A Pennsylvania court says a woman can pursue her lawsuit that alleges Roman Catholic Church officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese worked to A Superior Court panel on Tuesday reinstated the woman’s lawsuit alleging the diocese and two bishops illegally tried to cover it up to protect their

A three-judge Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated Renee Rice's lawsuit alleging the diocese and two bishops illegally tried to cover it up to protect their reputations and that of the parish priest she claims abused her.

The lawsuit was dismissed by a county judge in 2017 because the statute of limitations had expired. But the appellate court judges say Rice can try to persuade a jury that church officials' silence about the priest amounted to fraudulent concealment.

The Rev. Charles Bodziak has denied Rice's claims he abused her while at St. Leo's Church in Altoona about 40 years ago. The defendants are the diocese, retired Bishop Joseph Adamec and the estate of deceased Bishop James Hogan.

Court Upholds Ruling Against Washington Florist Who Refused To Serve Gay Couple

Court Upholds Ruling Against Washington Florist Who Refused To Serve Gay Couple The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state courts had notacted with religious animus when they held that a florist violated the state'santi-discrimination law by refusing to sell flowers to a same-sex couple fortheir wedding.In this latest decision, the high court upheld its 2017 opinion that foundBarronelle Stutzman and her business, Arlene's Flowers, had unlawfullydiscriminated against Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed by denying them service on religious grounds in 2013. “We are thrilled that the Court has reaffirmed its ruling in our favor,” Freed and Ingersoll said in a statement.

Serbin said Wednesday the new decision could help some people with clergy child sexual abuse claims pursue lawsuits, those who can argue the 2018 grand jury report was the first they learned church officials were complicit in covering up abuse . “I think it’s going to put some pressure on the

Sunday collections went to pay for lobbyists. The money was spent in eight northeastern states where bills to aid clerical sex abuse victims were in the works. A party being sued may use this form to file a claim against someone that is not currently in the lawsuit but who may be responsible for any court

A diocesan spokesman declined comment Wednesday. Its lawyer, Eric Anderson, said the ruling was being reviewed and the diocese hasn't decided whether to appeal.

The case was filed shortly after Rice read a 2016 grand jury report into sexual abuse of children by priests in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. The AP typically doesn't name people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they want to be identified, Rice's attorney, Richard Serbin, said she wants to be identified.

Bodziak was the subject of an allegation in the 2016 grand jury report.

The defendants can ask to reargue before a larger Superior Court panel, request that the state Supreme Court take it up, or do nothing and let it return to Blair County Common Pleas Court.

The decision comes less than a year after a separate grand jury report into six other Pennsylvania dioceses found more than 300 priests abused children over seven decades.

Border wall lawsuit ruling appealed by House Democrats

Border wall lawsuit ruling appealed by House Democrats The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is appealing a federal judge's decision not to block President Donald Trump from funding a border wall. Earlier this month, Judge Trevor McFadden said the House lacked standing to bring the challenge and that he did not believe the court should step into the fight between the President and Congress. The decision was a knock on the House, which has been opposed to the construction of Trump's border wall.

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed . Catholic Church. clerical sexual abuse .

Anyone who already filed clergy abuse claims against the archdiocese doesn't need to file proofs of claim form again under the bankruptcy proceeding . If the sexual abuse claimant is deceased or incapacitated, the form may be signed by the sexual abuse claimant 's representative, executor of the

The 2016 and 2018 grand jury reports have launched a battle in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature to give one-time childhood victims of sexual abuse a new legal window to sue their perpetrators and institutions that may have covered it up.

Pennsylvania dioceses are currently evaluating claims and making payments under compensation funds set up after last year's grand jury report.

Serbin said Wednesday the new decision could help some people with clergy child sexual abuse claims pursue lawsuits, those who can argue the 2018 grand jury report was the first they learned church officials were complicit in covering up abuse.

"I think it's going to put some pressure on the administrators of these compensation funds to make sure the awards are sufficient. Because now there's an opportunity for some of these people to go forward with a civil claim," Serbin said.

Superior Court cited a 2018 state Supreme Court decision that it's a jury's prerogative to decide if a plaintiff did enough to investigate a defendant and therefore overcome the statute of limitations.

Prosecutors crack down on clergy abuse as bishops gather

Prosecutors crack down on clergy abuse as bishops gather Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized _ through search warrants and subpoenas _ at dozens of archdioceses. 

The diocese may have "induced" Rice "to relax her vigilance or to deviate from her right of inquiry" by not disclosing what she claims is information in a secret archive about Bodziak's history of child molestation or efforts to cover it up, wrote Judge Deborah Kunselman.

The lawsuit claims the bishops and diocese knew or should have known Bodziak molested girls when they assigned him to St. Leo's.

Bodziak asked Rice's parents if she could clean his home, where he gave her wine and molested her between the ages of 9 and 14, ending in 1981, the lawsuit alleges. She also claims he gave her a key to the church, ostensibly so she could practice singing and playing the organ, and molested her in the choir loft. Abuse also took place in his car and a cemetery, she claims.

She is asserting a "confidential relationship" based on her work cleaning and performing music, as well as her age, Catholic schooling and "the trust she placed in the diocesan defendants to guide and protect her," Kunselman wrote.

"The diocesan defendants purportedly violated their corresponding fiduciary duty to warn her about Father Bodziak's past as a child predator," Kunselman wrote. "They thereby placed their own reputation and finances ahead of her safety and mental health.

Read More

2 charged with child abuse after drug overdose at Thomasville restaurant.
Thomasville police have charged two people with child abuse after an incident Friday evening. Police say two people overdosed in a truck. The truck was in the drive-thru at the Cookout restaurant on Randolph Street in Thomasville. A police report says one gram of heroin was seized. According to police, children were present in the truck and have since been placed with a relative. Jerri Ann Cartrette, 29, and Bradley Everette Lovette, 32, both of Cameo Drive in Thomasville, were charged with two counts of child abuse. Additional warrants are outstanding, police say.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!