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October 29, 2004

Clergy: Split deaf abuse case

From: Boston Herald - Boston,MA,United States - Oct 29, 2004

By David Weber
Friday, October 29, 2004

Lawyers for two Catholic priests and 12 nuns being sued for allegedly abusing deaf children while they worked for the Boston School for the Deaf asked a judge to dismiss the cases or to separate them.

Former students at the school, which was run by the Sisters of St. Joseph, packed a Suffolk Superior courtroom yesterday.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian - who represents 91 clients claiming they were humiliated with sexual abuse or unusual and harsh punishment - said a problem is the scarcity of interpreters for his clients.

Judge Margot Botsford set a hearing for Nov. 8 to discuss severing the case of defendant Thomas V. Daly, a former auxiliary bishop in Boston.

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