HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Latest in a legal dispute over the creation of a report on sexual abuse of children in Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses (all times are local):
Nearly two dozen current and former Roman Catholic clergy say a grand jury report on sexual abuse of children and tries to cover it up is riddled with errors and “false claims,” and they claim to be Pennsylvania Supreme court must not grant a request to make it public.
The clergy of new details about their position Thursday in their lawyers’ reaction to the news of the organizations effort to the investigation of the grand jury report is opened. They say that to make it public without adjustments cause irreparable damage to their reputation, and deny them the due process of the law guarantees.
The response was signed by 18 lawyers. Their customers’ identities and sections of the reaction of a black-out.
The Supreme court put the release on hold in the last month. The Associated Press and other news organizations are seeking the release.
Pennsylvania’s attorney general is supporting a request by news organizations that the state Supreme Court to allow publication of a comprehensive report on sexual abuse of children and attempts to cover up in a number of Roman Catholic dioceses.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote in a court filing Thursday he opposes the request of unnamed parties to present their own evidence, question witnesses and rewriting of the grand jury report, “in accordance with their desired view of the facts.”
The high court on June 20 held to the report, the result of a two-year investigation that a judge decided a month ago to make it public.
The Supreme Court has since put on hold. News organizations, including The Associated Press, have asked to intervene and say that it should be released.