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Maine AG told to yield files on dead accused priests

A judge has ordered the Maine attorney general to release details of sex-abuse allegations made against Roman Catholic clergy who are now dead.

In a written decision issued Friday, Superior Court Justice Kirk Studstrup said the privacy rights of alleged victims and abusers named in the files have been eroded by time and the deaths of the priests.

"In contrast," he wrote, "the public interest in allegations of sexual abuse of minors, and particularly how such allegations were or were not investigated by the (Portland) Diocese and law enforcement officials, is of great and appropriate public interest."

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