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Delay of Cardinal's Deposition Rejected

January 22, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A judge refused to delay the deposition of Cardinal Bernard Law and sharply rebuked church lawyers for their last-minute bid to postpone Law's testimony in the clergy sex-abuse crisis.

"The bottom line is that the deposition goes forward as it was scheduled," Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney said.

Lawyers for the Boston Archdiocese had gone to court last week, hoping to delay the deposition scheduled for today after a hiatus of several months. They said lawyers representing alleged abuse victims would comment publicly about the depositions, tainting a separate state grand jury investigation.

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