AG to seek quick release of church abuse report

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Pennsylvania’s attorney general says he’ll ask the state Supreme Court to expedite the release of a grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday he’ll lodge an objection to a continued stay. He said he’ll take the legal action on Monday.

Shapiro said Pennsylvanians have a right to see the report, and they should know who is attempting to block its release and why.

A statewide grand jury spent nearly two years investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by people associated with the Roman Catholic church, including the Harrisburg diocese and five others.

The report is expected to reveal widespread child sexual abuse and efforts to conceal it by church officials, local public officials, and community leaders.

The state Supreme Court last week held up the release of the grand jury’s report, days before it was expected to be made public.

In an opinion released Monday, the court said many people lodged challenges to the report, generally asserting a denial of constitutional rights.

Most, if not all, of those people said they are named or identified in the report “in a way that unconstitutionally infringes on their right to reputation and denies them due process,” the opinion states.

Some said they were not aware of, or allowed to appear before, the grand jury.

The grand jury’s report is under review to ensure that identifying details are not disclosed prematurely.

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