LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has ruled that psychiatric and other confidential records of Franciscan friars accused of sexual abuse should be made public.
The ruling from the 2nd District Court of Appeal issued Thursday is significant for clergy abuse victims who have been fighting for the public disclosure of records that the Roman Catholic church kept of abusive clergy.READ MORE: Average LA County Gas Prices Up $1.19 From Last Year: AAA
The ruling arose from sexual molestation lawsuits filed against the Franciscan Friars of California Inc. by 25 plaintiffs.READ MORE: One Killed, One Injured In Traffic Crash On Freeway In Santa Ana
Those plaintiffs settled for $28 million in 2006.
The settlement also sought the release of the confidential records of six friars, who appealed last year.MORE NEWS: One Dead In Diamond Bar Crash On 60 Freeway
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