To clergy defendants’ lawyers, that is, to see if they have been coaching complaining witnesses to dig out repressed memories that lead to accusation. It’s an attack on the accuracy of the dredged-up memories, which are crucial in Missouri, where the five-year statue of limitation begins only at the time of the recovered memory of abuse.
If defense lawyers can prove that the plaintiffs did not actually suppress memories of sexual abuse for decades, judges would have to throw out the lawsuits under a five-year statute of limitations that the Missouri Supreme Court reaffirmed in 2006, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/IeKExU ).
It’s an “ironic reversal,” comments Catholic World News.
In scores of other cases, SNAP has demanded complete disclosure of confidential personnel files by Catholic dioceses. But the group has fought stubbornly to prevent disclosure of its own internal records. [Jackson County Judge Ann] Mesle said that she expected her order would be appealed.