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Bridgeport diocese tries another legal move to avoid release of files

November 25, 2009

The Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, which has lost a series of legal battles to prevent disclosure of files relating to the handling of sex-abuse complaints, has filed yet another motion with a Connecticut court, asking a judge to reconsider his order for release of diocesan documents. Lawyers for the Bridgeport diocese filed documents acknowledging that 8 priests in one parish had been accused of sexual abuse over a period of years, but argued that there is no need to release further documentation.

Having failed in every effort to overturn a state court order-- including appeals to the Connecticut Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court-- the Bridgeport diocese is now facing the requirement to release a huge volume of internal documents by next Tuesday, December 1.


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