Pa. Supreme Court weighs whether to keep priest names redacted in grand jury report

September 26, 2018

By Staff

Lawyers for priests whose names were redacted from a scathing grand jury report on clergy child sex abuse released last month argued before the state Supreme Court Wednesday that the high court should adopt the interim redacted report as final, contending that the grand jury process denied those accused a meaningful opportunity to challenge the allegations and denied their due-process rights.

“We don’t think there is a remedy” to now safeguard their constitutional right to defend their reputations, Center City attorney Justin Danilewitz argued before the seven justices during a hearing at Philadelphia City Hall. He repeatedly referred to the “shaming and naming” of priests in the report who he said had not had a chance to cross-examine their accusers.

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