IL - 14 Victims Settle Chicago Lawsuits
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Tuesday, Dec 7
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Barbara Blaine of SNAP 312 399 4747 cell, 312 644 6404
Attorney Jeff Anderson (St. Paul) 651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell
Attorney Marc Pearlman (Chicago) 312 261 4554, 773 368 0142 cell
Abusive Ex-Priest Also Worked At Aquarium
Molester Worked in Four States
A settlement has been reached involving an ex-Chicago priest and 14 men who were molested as youngsters.
Many were victimized at St. Rita's parish in southwest Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s.
The molester is former priest John Daniel Murphy.
"No settlement can ever bring back a shattered childhoods, broken trust and betrayed faith," said Barbara Blaine of SNAP. "We praise these men for having the courage to speak up, expose a dangerous man, warn parents and achieve at least a small degree of justice. We wish them well with the healing journeys ahead."
These settlements are part of on-going negotiations involving multiple abusers and victims coordinated by plaintiff's attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul. Anderson has specialized in this type of litigation for two decades.
Murphy, who belonged to the Augustinian religious order, also worked in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Michigan. He was ordained in 1968 and quit the priesthood in 1993 (he was working in Racine then), around the time church officials acknowledge receiving sexual abuse complaints about him. Murphy also worked at the Shedd Aquarium.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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