UPDATED: 2 Sex Abuse Claims Against Archdiocese Dismissed

UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 -- 7:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A judge has dismissed two sex abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The archdiocese argues that it should not have to compensate claims that are beyond the six-year statute of limitations for fraud and those that are not tied directly to an archdiocese employee.

Abuse victims and their attorneys say the effort to have some claims dismissed is "legally and morally" wrong. The clergy abuse victims represent the largest number of creditors in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports federal bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley threw out one case because it failed to show fraud and the other case because there was reason to suspect fraud years ago, but no action was taken.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


Posted Thursday, April 5, 2012 --- 1:15 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy case says she won't order the public release of depositions in which top-ranking church officials discuss how decades-old allegations of child sexual abuse were handled.

The depositions were taken in recent months in connection with the bankruptcy filing.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley ruled Thursday that the depositions were intended to serve specific purposes, and those purposes have already been achieved. She says making them public now could enable others to piece together the identity of sexual-assault survivors who want to remain anonymous.

Peter Isely is with a network of people who were sexually abused by priests. He says the ruling denies the archdiocese the shame it deserves for not doing enough to ferret out abusive priests.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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