clergy abuse

SPOTLIGHT the Movie – Slade & Paul Moderate A Philadelphia National Crime Victims Conference

At the 2016 meeting of the National Crime Victims Bar Association, Slade McLaughlin (far left) and Paul Lauricella (far right) moderated a discussion on the Boston Archdiocese sex scandal depicted in the Oscar winning movie, Spotlight, with the reporter, attorney, and victims depicted in the film. The conference was held in conjunction with the National Center [...]

Philadelphia Sex-Abuse Victim Settles Clergy Claims

The plaintiff in a civil clergy sex-abuse case has settled his claims against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the three men who allegedly abused him. Billy Doe, who alleged he was abused by priests Charles Engelhardt and Edward Avery and Catholic schoolteacher Bernard Shero, agreed to dismiss his case against the three men pursuant to a [...]

CNN Interview of Paul Lauricella on Appeal Court’s Reversal of Philadelphia Priest Conviction

Philadelphia priest to be released from prison after appeals court reversal Reprint Credits By Steve Almasy, CNN updated 8:35 AM EST, Fri December 27, 2013 Monsignor William Lynn's attorney will appear on New Day during the 7 a.m. hour Friday. (CNN) -- The first Roman Catholic priest in the United States imprisoned for covering up the [...]

Paul Lauricella Interview – Pennsylvania Court Reverses Monsignor Lynn’s Conviction

"It really does not exonerate Monsignor Lynn, at all. The court is not saying that he didn’t do these acts. The court is not saying that what he did was right or wrong. All the court is saying is the statute is so narrowly defined that it does not encompass the acts that are alleged to [...]

Father Charles Engelhardt & Teacher Bernard Shero Convicted of Altar-Boy Sex Abuse

MINUTES before former Catholic-school teacher Bernard Shero was convicted Wednesday of raping an altar boy, he joked with the court crier and a deputy sheriff about leaving the courtroom. "Good effort, though," Shero chuckled, when told he couldn't. Shero wasn't laughing for long. On its fourth day of deliberating, a Common Pleas jury convicted Shero, 50, [...]

Attorney: Victim In Priest Sex Abuse Case ‘Relieved’

By Tony Hanson | CBS Philly PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A priest and former lay teacher were taken into custody immediately after a jury convicted them of sexually assaulting the same boy, the same victim who was assaulted by another priest who pleaded guilty last year. The convicted defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in April. [...]

State lawmakers to try again with child sex abuse legislation

HARRISBURG — A group of state lawmakers who said they were frustrated that the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky and the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandals were not enough to move legislation out of committee last year, announced plans Wednesday to reintroduced a bill that would remove the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. Where [...]

Sex Abuse Victim To Sue 2 Bishops With Philadelphia Ties

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - With the second clergy sex abuse trial in Philadelphia set to begin in early September, lawyers for the abuse victim in that case are preparing civil litigation. This week the attorneys told the court they intend to amend their lawsuit and also go after two bishops with Philadelphia ties. “This won’t be the [...]

Catholic Church – Penn State Similarities

The cover-up investigators detailed in their report Thursday of Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal rang familiar to anyone following the Catholic Church's pedophile priest cases. A sexual predator was protected to save an institution's reputation. Both the Penn State investigation, led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and the two grand [...]

VIDEO – Slade McLaughlin Discusses Church Sex Abuse Trial

KYW-TV Eyewitness News 3 Reports Defrocked priest Edward Avery pleads guilty. Slade McLaughlin discusses his clients feelings on the verdict in the church sex abuse trial. While the victim is elated and feeling some relief, he is preparing to come back in September to take the stand. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia responds. Contact Slade McLaughlin today [...]

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