Dispute over Victims Names Leaves Judge, Lawyers at Odds

August 4, 2006

Louisville, Ky. (AP) -- The state Court of Appeals may have to decide whether hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have to reveal their identity to prosecutors.

Special Judge John Potter ruled previously that state law requires victims of sexual abuse to cooperate with authorities and give details of the alleged crime, including their identity when necessary.

Attorneys of the victims argue that the victims were promised anonymity when they came forward to detail abuse by priests from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington. Over 350 victims were awarded an 84 (M) million dollar settlement earlier this year.

Potter suspended his ruling this week for 60 days to allow time for an appeal or a resolution to the dispute.

If one is not reached, it could go to the state Court of Appeals.


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