Ruling Pending on Diocese's Civil Fraud Challenge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A ruling could come as early as Wednesday to the Green Bay Catholic diocese's challenge of a civil fraud verdict.

A judge in Outagamie County heard arguments Tuesday from the diocese as it attempts to overturn a $700,000 jury award given to two childhood victims of clergy abuse.

Diocese attorney Patrick Brennan argued a retrial is necessary because jurors who made the award had expressed concerns about possible bias by one of the jury members.

Todd and Troy Merryfield were molested by the Rev. John Feeney in 1978. The brothers said the diocese knew Feeney had a history of sexual misconduct when he was installed as priest at St. Nicholas Church in Freedom.

A judge plans to rule within the next two days.


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