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In re The Clergy Cases I, B215775

In a consolidated appeal of 25 separate lawsuits against defendant the Franciscan Friars of California, Inc. (Franciscans) alleging that plaintiffs had been sexually abused by Franciscan brothers, trial court's order to publicly release confidential information of the alleged perpetrators following a settlement between the parties, is affirmed as, the compelling social interests in protecting children from molestation outweigh the individual friar's privacy rights and the trial court correctly ordered the public release of psychiatric and other confidential records in the possession of the Franciscans.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/30/2010
  • Published 09/30/2010

Judges

  • GRIMES

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

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