Judge: Jury Should Decide Priest Abuse Lawsuit

Updated: 07/21/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 07/20/2014 1:00 AM

A Minnesota judge says a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest around 1976, deserves his day in court.
The plaintiff, identified as Doe 1, says he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park when Thomas Adamson molested him.
Lawyers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona asked Judge John Van de North to dismiss the lawsuit. They argued Monday there weren't sufficient legal grounds to go to trial.
But the judge says there are enough questions that a jury should decide the case.
Plaintiff's attorney Jeff Anderson has used the case to force church officials to give depositions and produce lists of accused priests.
The case is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 22.

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