The Boston Globe | Abuse in the Catholic Church


Lawyer seeks more records on Shanley

By Matt Carroll, 4/17/2002

The lawyer for a young man who says he was abused by the Rev. Paul R. Shanley plans to argue in Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge today that the Archdiocese of Boston has failed to turn over all documents relevant to the case.

Attorney Roderick MacLeish Jr., who said he is not sure how many documents are missing, also will ask for the psychological records of the priest, which are now in the hands of the archdiocese, and for the records of nine other priests.

As an example of missing documents, MacLeish said he has received no records from Sister Rita McCarthy, who worked for the archdiocese screening people who said they had been sexually abused by priests. In an affidavit, ''John Doe'' said he was interviewed by McCarthy in March, but the notes of his interview were not turned over. Another church official told him the notes were missing, according to the affidavit.

Also, Gregory Ford, 24, the plaintiff in the civil suit against Shanley, spoke with the Middlesex district attorney's office yesterday, MacLeish said. Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley has said previously that she is weighing criminal charges against Shanley.

This story ran on page A13 of the Boston Globe on 4/17/2002.
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