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Bridgeport diocese seeks Supreme Court reversal of order to release papers

July 20, 2009

Rebuffed twice by Connecticut state courts, the Diocese of Bridgeport will petition the Supreme Court to reverse a judicial order for the disclosure of court documents detailing the handling of sex-abuse allegations. The diocese has simultaneously asked a Connecticut court to stay enforcement of that order, which would have required the release of 12,000 pages of documents on July 20. The documents in question were sealed by court order when the diocese settled lawsuits brought by abuse victims. In its petition for Supreme Court review, the diocese argues that unsealing these documents "would intrude upon the private affairs of citizens, with the potential to inflict great harm and injustice." The diocese also argues that the court-ordered release of these documents would violate the freedom of religion.


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