Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Victims Argue That LA Archdiocese Document Release Is Incomplete

In accordance with a settlement in a lawsuit by clergy abuse victims, last week, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles released 12,000 pages of internal files on accused priests. (See prior related posting.) Now, according to yesterday's New York Times, victim advocates charge that the files released are incomplete and many documents are unaccounted for.  On many pages of documents, the names of supervisors of offending priests have been redacted. Lawyers for victims also argue that there should be many more documents. In litigation in which the Archdiocese opposed going through the documents to remove prior redactions, it argued that there were 30,000 pages, not the mere 12,000 produced.  The lawyer for the Archdiocese said the 30,000 number was a "wild guess."