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Aug 272015

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania’s highest federal court (3rd Circuit Court of Appeals) asked the Pennsylvania (state) Supreme Court to answer a question about defamation and the defense of judicial privilege. See Schanne v. Addis, August 17, 2015. The question was raised in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Montgomery County, PA high school teacher […]

Aug 062015

Last month, Philadelphia crime victim injury lawyer Brian Kent filed a lawsuit against a local area priest and the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by former priest Andrew McCormick. The abuse is alleged to have occurred in 1997 when the plaintiff, identified as “John Doe,” was merely 10 years old. The case was […]

 Posted by on August 6, 2015 Latest News
Jul 022015

The Civil Rape Shield Law – Protecting Sex Abuse, Assault Victims in Civil Lawsuits For over a year, New Jersey legislators have been considering the Civil Rape Shield Law. This law would mirror a rule of evidence in criminal cases which prevents a victim’s past sexual history from being admitted as evidence at trial. More: […]

 Posted by on July 2, 2015 Civil Justice System, Latest News
May 182015

A Civil Sex Abuse Lawyer’s Analysis of House Bill 661 Legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are pushing major changes in an effort to increase access to the courts for survivors of child molestation and sex abuse. House Bill 661 was introduced by Representative Mark Rozzi, a Democrat serving Berks County. Rozzi is a […]

 Posted by on May 18, 2015 Latest News
Mar 112015

Roadblocks to Justice – Statute of Limitations Laws Child molesters often hold a tremendous power over their victims. Abusers are often family friends and people in positions of authority like teachers, members of the clergy, even police officers or medical doctors. That’s why it can take a victim years, if not decades, to come forward […]

 Posted by on March 11, 2015 Civil Justice System, Latest News
Feb 132014

Late in 2013, the Philadelphia Archdiocese wrapped up its internal investigation of over 20 priests. The investigation began after a Philadelphia grand jury issued a report revealing shocking allegations of sex abuse by priests in the Philadelphia area. As a result of the investigation, a total of 14 priests were removed from ministry, just over […]

 Posted by on February 13, 2014 Latest News, Priest/Pastor Sex Abuse