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Mar
08
2011
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 4:37 PM          
Jeff Anderson: A good start; but to protect children we need names

Earlier today the Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed 21 of the 37 priests named in the recent Philadelphia Grand Jury Report and accused of sexually abusing children, on administrative leave.

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Feb
28
2011
Sarah Odegaard | 1:26 PM          
A Defining Moment for Child Protection: Federal Judge Allows Alien Tort Case to Proceed

TheCA_central district court house.jpg U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an unprecedented opinion today allowing our client’s case using the Alien Tort Statute to go forward.  You can find the entire text of the opinion on our site.  In denying Defendant Cardinal Roger Mahony’s and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the Court permitted Plaintiff’s...

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Feb
24
2011
Sarah Odegaard | 3:17 PM          
New Lawsuit Names Predator Priest Still In Ministry with the Salesians

Today, our firm and Anthony DeMarco, an attorney in Los Angeles, filed a suit on behalf of a courageous survivor who was abused as a young boy by a Salesian priest, Fr. Gerald Wertz, at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California.  You can find a copy of the lawsuit here.  Importantly, Fr. Gerald “Jerry” Wertz is still considered to be in ministry, and is residing in the Salesian Provincial House in San Francisco, adjacent to a high school with over 1,000 students.

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