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A lawsuit window for Pa. survivors of childhood sexual abuse could open as early as next May

State legislative leaders say they’ll take a procedural vote on the proposal early next year. 2023 primary voters would then get to weigh in.
By Sam Dunklau

If Pennsylvania senators don’t extend legal time limits for child sexual abuse cases, Gov. Tom Wolf said he’ll call a special session

House lawmakers green-lit a bill that would give survivors another two years to sue their alleged abusers, but it’s been languishing in the Senate.

By Sam Dunklau

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Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

Renee Rice sued in 2016, but the court majority said that was too late under the Pennsylvania statute of limitations.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: May 26, 2021 | 6:18 pm

Probe finds no intentional act to derail sex-abuse vote

The Office of Inspector General’s report, released Wednesday, said agents interviewed 22 current and former state employees and reviewed the email accounts of nine state officials for any evidence of outside influence or intentional acts. Rather, it said, Wolf’s Department of State had no internal processes for constitutional amendments.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Sam Dunklau

Updated: May 26, 2021 | 11:55 am

Judge upholds Penn St. ex-president Spanier’s jail sentence

Spanier was charged in 2012 and convicted by a jury in March 2017, but appeals had allowed him to stay out of jail.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Harrisburg Diocese bankruptcy case could collide with bill giving child sex abuse victims a chance to sue

As part of its bankruptcy settlement agreement, the Diocese of Harrisburg could stipulate that individuals who had potential claims against the diocese but did not join the bankruptcy case could be barred from suing the diocese, its insurers and parishes.

By Ivey DeJesus/PennLive

Updated: April 21, 2021 | 5:58 pm

Pa. lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

The vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee signals that the legislation may have enough Republican support to pass the full state Senate.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press