Thursday, October 31, 2002

Truce reached in Cleveland

The lawyers leading the wave of clergy sex-abuse litigation against the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland have struck a truce with the church to avert new suits and big damage awards, one of them said yesterday. In exchange for a moratorium on new suits, diocesan lawyers agreed in principle to begin a mediation process for dealing with victims, and to formally end years of hardball defense tactics against sex-abuse lawsuits, said William Crosby, one of the victims' lawyers who helped forge the settlement. "This is an absolutely momentous agreement, a metamorphosis in the diocese's approach to sex-abuse cases," Crosby said

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