The Rev. Wilfred L. Englert, 52, an associate pastor at St.
Greg Passey, a psychiatrist who has worked with Mounties for more than two decades, talks about why non-disclosure agreements are preventing Canadians from understanding the extent of the RCMP's problem with sexual harassment. This week, New Jersey signed into law a bill banning the use of non-disclosure agreements NDAs to cover up claims of discrimination, retaliation or harassment. But in 25 years of handling such cases, Grace says what used to be a brace-for-battle approach to negotiating the disclosure aspect of settlements has started to become less abrasive.
Dozens of journalists and media outlets that reported on the sex abuse conviction of the world's most high-ranking Catholic cleric ever charged with such crimes could face fines or jail time for breaching a gag order. In December, a jury convicted Australian Cardinal George Pell77, of sexually abusing two year-old choirboys decades ago. But before the verdict was handed down, Judge Peter Kidd in Melbourne's County Court of Victoria forbade details of the trial to be published, out of concern that it could influence the jury in a second trial awaiting Pell.
The earlier verdict was unsealed on Tuesday only after prosecutors decided they could not proceed with the second trial after a legal setback. The decision came just days before the cardinal was set to be sentenced for abusing two year-old choirboys more than two decades ago. Cardinal Pell, 77, was found guilty in December of sexually assaulting the boys. But a judge barred news outlets from publishing anything about the verdict, citing concerns that coverage might influence a jury in the second trial.
Australian prosecutors have accused 13 media groups and 23 journalists of contempt of court for allegedly defying legal restrictions in their coverage of Cardinal George Pell's trial for child sex abuse, according to a court summon made public Tuesday. The Director of Public Prosecution in Victoria has charged the media houses, including The Herald, Weekly Times, The Age, Fairfax Media and News Life, for breaching the gag order on the trial with "a tendency to prejudice or interfere with the due administration of justice in the prosecution of Pell". The prosecution has sought the accused journalists and media houses be "adjudged guilty of contempt", fined and sent to jail "on the basis that their publications had the effect of scandalizing the court".
He previously served as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney —the seventh Archbishop of Melbourne — and an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne — He was created a cardinal in Ordained inhe has also been an author, columnist, and public speaker.
Assembly Billsponsored by Speaker Jason Frierson, D-Las Vegas, and six other lawmakers, would ban blanket gag orders in civil cases involving allegations of felony sexual offenses or gender discrimination or retaliation by an employer or landlord. But it would still let privacy-minded claimants remain anonymous and also would allow monetary settlement figures to stay confidential. The bill is patterned after one passed in California last year.
Sources said Cardinal Pell pleaded not guilty to all charges but was found guilty Dec. The trial took place before Judge Peter Kidd of the County Court of the State of Victoria; it was one of two trials Cardinal Pell is reportedly facing on accusations of abuse that allegedly occurred in the s and in the s. Following a monthlong pretrial hearing in May, the court ordered Cardinal Pell to stand trial on multiple charges of sexual abuse of minors, charges the cardinal consistently denied.
The following essay on gag orders was written by two Boston lawyers who have handled a large number of abuse cases. They argue that gag orders run counter to public policy and should be unenforceable. Defense lawyers and insurers routinely seek to have confidentiality agreements signed in connection with the settlement of a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a member of the medical profession of a patient or by clergy of a congregant.
By my count, a total of 71 clergy have accusations against them who spent some time within the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg since the late s. A now public opinion by the judge supervising the Grand Jury last year made it clear they sought to end the investigation entirely. Attorney General Shapiro has consistently called for the elimination of the criminal statute of limitations and reforms to the civil statute to give all victims the opportunity to obtain justice in a court of law.