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Ex-Altar Boy Barred From Approaching Mahony

April 20, 1999

LOS ANGELES — A 35-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill Cardinal Roger Mahony was barred by court order Monday from coming within 100 yards of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic prelate for the next three years, according to court officials.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard E. Denner granted an injunction against Michael Patrick Falls of Azusa, who allegedly threatened Mahony on March 11 as Falls was trying to gain entry to Charter Oak Hospital in Covina.

According to court records, Falls told a Charter Oak employee that he had psychiatric problems and that as soon as he got out of the hospital he was going to assassinate Mahony.

Several years ago, Falls and eight other former altar boys sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging that a Catholic priest had sexually molested them. The case was eventually dismissed by the state Supreme Court. Falls allegedly blamed the cardinal for allowing that priest to continue in the priesthood.

Falls did not attend Monday's court hearing, nor was he represented by an attorney.

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