Thursday, April 8, 2010

'What is truth?' said the witness in response to the oath

Marie Rohde tells the The story of a 40-year cover-up. Our Archdiocese has not made it easy to counter that headline.
Months ago, Milwaukee archdiocesan representatives told lawyers for the victims that all requested documents had been produced. But Michael Finnegan, a lawyer working with Anderson, said his firm found hints of more in documents produced by the Superior, Wis., Diocese. Murphy had served for years in Superior after leaving Milwaukee in 1974 but remained under the supervision of the Milwaukee archdiocese, so records on Murphy must have been shared by the two dioceses.

“We told Milwaukee that we got stuff from Superior that had come from Milwaukee,” Finnegan tells NewsBuzz. “We told them there had to be more in their files and that if they didn’t produce it, we’d go to court, and they could explain what was going on.”

As it turned out, most of the most damning information eventually came from the Milwaukee files.
While it sometimes can be difficult to be sure all documents have been located in response to an expansive request, it's gotten hard to give that benefit of the doubt in these cases.

As I've indicated, I don't see any of the pending cases going to trial. If nothing else, our Archdiocese will file for bankruptcy if that's what it takes to keep its people from testifying before a jury. Its press release on the bankruptcy, which I assume was drafted years ago, will give some different explanation.

(via Murphy's Law)

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