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Judge orders archbishop to be deposed under oath

Published 9:57am Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ST. PAUL — A judge has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to allow attorneys for an alleged clergy abuse victim to depose Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough.

Ramsey County Judge John Van de North issued an order Tuesday requiring the depositions take place within 30 days. Van de North also ordered the archdiocese to create a list by Feb. 18 of all priests accused of sexually abusing minors since 2004.

The judge also said the plaintiff’s attorneys could begin reviewing internal church documents related to clergy abuse.

The ruling is a “giant move forward,” said attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing the man who filed the lawsuit in May alleging he was sexually abused by priest nearly 40 years ago.


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