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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Santa Barbara public nuisance case against Franciscans dismissed

Dated Feb. 17, 2009, the dismissal of a civil suit against the Franciscan Friars and Old Mission Santa Barbara is official. The Superior Court dismissed "entire action and all causes of action" on papers filed the 9th of February.

From Tim Hale: "By settling the nuisance case before the demurrer hearing, the Franciscans insured that the issue of whether the nuisance theory applies to the Franciscans (or other entity defendants) remains an undecided case of first impression, at least for now.

"It is worth noting that the Franciscans became interested in mediating the case only when we were a few weeks away from the court ruling on their demurrer.

"I definitely expect to test its viability in lawsuits filed this summer, and strongly believe the nuisance theory is the only way we will ever obtain the true transparency necessary to save today's children from current perpetrators.

"Numerous district attorney's have used the nuisance theory in a criminal context against gangs around the state. I very much hope a district attorney will put it to the same use against the Franciscans and other entities that protect and harbor perpetrators. If not, we will press forward with it in the civil lawsuits."

Needs to take a trip
to Santa Barbara

We want to go to Santa Barbara, go document diving. The Franciscans have settled hundreds of cases there, plus the Jesuits, although most of those stories remain out of the media.

City of Angels will take the Sunset Limited train and stay at Motel 6 up near the Santa Barbara Mission, ride city buses, and go document diving downtown, no frills, just a search for the facts.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think your blog is very worthwhile and I hope that the same people who donate to SNAP will donate to you as well.

It's clear that you do your homework and that you are quite dedicated to finding out the truth about the church's dealings with sex offenders in their ranks. I think people should feel secure that their donations will be used wisely. But I seriously doubt that SNAP employees stay at Motel 6 and neither should you if you can avoid it.

I am sending you two high fives your way and I would hope that anyone else who can will do the same.