Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cert. Denied In Abuse Suit Against Vatican

The Supreme Court yesterday denied certiorari in Holy See v. Doe, (Docket No. 90-1). (Order List.) In the case, a Seattle man is attempting to hold the Vatican liable for abuse by a priest in the 1960's. The 9th Circuit held that plaintiff could proceed against the Vatican on a respondeat superior theory under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act's tortious act exception. (See prior posting.) Reporting on the Supreme Court's refusal to review which allows the lawsuit to move to trial, AP quoted plaintiff's attorney who hopes now to be able to depose Vatican officials.