States eye Pennsylvania's clergy probe as court battle looms

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 8, 2018 11:33 AM
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro talks about a statewide grand jury report on Catholic clergy abuse in six dioceses on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Harrisburg. (Ty Lohr/York Daily Record)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses is drawing attention from prosecutors elsewhere.

Meanwhile, a court battle looms that could curtail such investigative reports in the future.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday that more than 15 state attorneys general and a Justice Department official have contacted him about his office's two-year investigation.

Shapiro says their questions revolve around how Pennsylvania conducted its investigation and specific people named in Pennsylvania's report who ended up in their jurisdiction.

New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations Thursday. Several other states announced actions, too.

On Sept. 26, Pennsylvania's high court will hear arguments by lawyers who say grand jury reports shouldn't name people who aren't charged.

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