By: Brandie Kessler
Partner Chris Carusone was interviewed as an expert in grand jury practice and procedure for the York Daily Record article “Pa. diocese abuse investigations ‘historic,’ advocates say.” Chris explained how grand jury investigations are typically conducted in complex cases such as the diocese investigations. The full article is available on the York Daily Record website.
The Harrisburg diocese, which in the summer had responded to York Daily Record requests for information on specific priests accused of child sexual abuse, now says it will no longer answer questions about the diocese’s clergy abuse history.
“Because of the secret and confidential nature of grand jury investigations, the Diocese can’t discuss any specifics about the investigation except to say that the Diocese is cooperating fully with the Office of Attorney General,” Matt Haverstick, the attorney representing the Harrisburg diocese, said in an email.
The Harrisburg diocese had answered some questions regarding allegations of clergy abuse against priests who had at some point worked in the diocese. In August, the York Daily Record published the names of 15 priests who had worked in the diocese at some time and who had, at some time in their careers, been accused of child sexual abuse.