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Missouri's top court orders SNAP to release records

August 16, 2012

Missouri’s top court has denied an appeal by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which had resisted a court order to release internal records.

The state’s supreme court ordered SNAP to obey a lower court’s order requiring the disclosure of records related to a sex-abuse lawsuit against a Missouri priest. SNAP had argued that release of the records could have a chilling effect on the group’s efforts to persuade sex-abuse victims to come forward.

The case has involved considerable irony, since SNAP has frequently denounced Catholic Church officials for their unwillingness to release internal records.


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