Friday, November 22, 2002

Kentucky Supreme Court rules records should be kept sealed

A divided Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that records in a case alleging sexual misconduct by Roman Catholic priests should remain closed.While four of the justices ordered that Fayette County Circuit Judge Mary Noble should hold another hearing to determine the fate of the records, the majority ruling also weighs in favor of keeping the records secret because they might hurt the ability of the Catholic diocese to get a fair trial.In a pointed dissent, three justices said the church offered no evidence to support that claim that the materials would harm the ability of the diocese to get a fair trial.

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