The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles this month asked a state judge to consider delaying or moving an sexual abuse trial, claiming it can't get a fair trial in Southern California. That request was denied.
But what I find interesting, and apparently so did many of our readers, is the church's reasoning for the request.
The Times’ Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan reported that lawyers for the archdiocese argued in court documents that the media’s coverage, which they described as unrelenting obloquy, has poisoned the potential jury pool here.
Does the church really believe that moving the upcoming sex abuse trial will result in a more favorable jury pool? After all, the clergy abuse scandal isn’t limited to Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego. In fact, several of our readers noted in their online comments, the church’s troubles are well known outside the county.
“Do they think the people who live a few miles up the 101 don’t read the Times…don’t have cable/Direct TV…Shock the Internet!” wrote TroveMarie.