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Grand-jury probe raises new risks for Cardinal Mahony

February 02, 2009

Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, who has already weathered a criminal investigation and a series of civil lawsuits, could face new legal dangers in the grand-jury reported last week, because the federal prosecutor heading the new investigation has broader powers than the local officials previously involved, the Wall Street Journal notes. A spokesman for the Los Angeles archdiocese insists that the cardinal has no reason to fear the probe of his handling of sex-abuse cases, saying: "We have been unable to even hypothesize a crime that might have been committed in the handling of these problems."

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