Saturday, November 9, 2002

Archdiocese: Stop case-sharing

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A judge is expected to rule soon on a request by lawyers for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville to allow church officials to stop providing information to plaintiffs in the sexual abuse cases against it.

The archdiocese is seeking to stop sharing the information because, it says, the lawyer for most of the plaintiffs missed a deadline for providing information from his clients.

Each side accuses the other of trying to stall the process.

William McMurry, the attorney for more than 160 of the 196 plaintiffs who've sued the archdiocese since April, filed a request in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Oct. 25 asking that his deadline of Oct. 24 for responses to requests for information by the church be extended to Feb. 1.

Edward Stopher, an attorney for the archdiocese, filed a motion on Oct. 31 seeking to relieve the archdiocese's requirement to provide any further information and to force Mr. McMurry to respond by Dec. 1.

Judge James M. Shake heard the motions this week and is expected to issue a ruling.

The lawsuits claim abuse by priests and others connected with the archdiocese. Most of the suits allege abuse that occurred decades ago when the plaintiffs were minors.

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