Sunday, April 24, 2022

Plaintiff In Abuse Case May Discover Psychological Report In Priest's Personnel File

In Harmon v. Diocese of Albany, (NY App. Div., April 21, 2022), a New York state appellate court upheld a trial court's discovery order in a case alleging sexual abuse of  plaintiff by a Catholic priest in the 1980's.  The trial court ordered the Diocese to turn over to plaintiff a memo, a report and correspondence in the priest's personnel file from a psychologist who had been retained by the the Bishop to determine whether it would be appropriate for the priest to resume his ministry and the risk of recidivism. The court also upheld the trial court's order requiring disclosure to plaintiff of the personnel files of 48 former priests whose names are on the Diocese's list of credibly accused clergy. Albany Times-Union reports on the decision.