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Priest Abuse/Attorney Abuse talk about power

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Mexico bans attorneys who filed cases alleging priest abuse/priest molestation against the Mexican bishop and US Cardinal Roger Mahony from entering the country.

Talk about power. In an unprecedented move, Mexico banned two American attorneys, as well as David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), from entering the country. Attorney Jeff Anderson, who is co-counsel with Kiesel Boucher & Larson LLP on our priest molestation cases in California is now subject to an exclusion order keeping him from entering Mexico for the next five years. This move by the Mexican government comes after the attorneys filed a lawsuit in California against Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles Archdiocese and Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico. Kiesel Boucher & Larson LLP is not counsel on this recent filing. It is unprecedented for an attorney to be barred from a country merely for exercising his right to file a claim on behalf of a victim. The power of the Catholic Church, at least in Mexico, is self-evident in this ban.

Last month, Anderson alleged that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles and Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico conspired to protect a priest who had molested a Mexican youth.

Anderson had been briefly detained in his hotel in Mexico City, where he announced the lawsuit.

“I will not be silenced, I will not be intimidated and I will continue to speak out and do what needs to be done to protect those kids,” Anderson said Friday.

“I don’t know anything about diplomacy. I know I was there lawfully to speak the truth,” he added.

Cases on behalf of 125 clergy abuse victims represented by Kiesel Boucher & Larson LLP have just been “cleared” to begin preparation for trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hayley Fromholz has released these cases to begin trial within the next six months; these cases are brought on behalf of victims against numerous priests who are accused of molesting, in some cases, over a dozen victims.