Statute Follow-Up

Statute Follow-Up

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CONFIRMING THAT A SUBPOENA HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS OPENING A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO PRIEST ABUSE CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA, STARTING WITH THE PHILADELPHIA DIOCESE. IN A BRIEF STATEMENT THE ERIE DIOCESE CONFIRMS THAT A SUBPOENA HAS BEEN RECEIVED BUT IT DID NOT SAY WHAT THE FOCUS OF THE INVESTIGATION WAS. IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT DIOCESE ATTORNEYS ARE IN OGOING TALKS WITH JUSTICE INVESTIGATORS. THE CLOCK HAS STRUCK MIDNIGHT… AND TIME HAS RUN OUT ON LAWMAKERS PASSING A BILL TO CHANGE TO THE STATE’S STATUTE OF LIMITATION LAWS FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX CRIMES. THE FOCUS NOW IS ON PRESIDENT PRO TEMP “JOE SCARNATI”… WHO DIDN’T BRING THE BILL TO A VOTE LAST NIGHT. HE’S NOW DEFENDING THAT DECISION. MATT HECKEL REPORTS. THE STICKING POINT OF SENATE BILL 261 WAS AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD OPEN A TWO YEAR WINDOW TO ALLOW VICTIMS OF ABUSE… THAT OCCURRED OUTSIDE THE CURRENT STATUTE OF LIMITATION… TO FILE A CIVIL SUIT… A RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE GRAND JURY. SENATOR JOE SCARNATI, HOWEVER, SAYS THAT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL . Sen. Scarnati: “Retroactive statute of limitation changes would violate the remedies clause in our constitution.” BUT DESPITE THAT… THE SENATOR PROPOSED WEDNESDAY TO*KEE* THE CIVIL WINDOW… BUT ONLY FOR PERPERTRATORS… NOT INSTITUTIONS. Sen. Scarnati: “I also don’t want any organization to be bankrupt, result in victims not receiving compensation.” Josh Shapiro: “Senators also made it clear, that their concerns over constitutionality over a civil window were always just an excuse.” ATTORNEY GENERAL “JOSH SHAPIRO” BLASTED THE SENATE FOR FAILING TO CALL THE BILL FOR A VOTE. Josh Shapiro: “They turned their backs on these victims.” Sen. Scarnati: “I’m a father of three children. I lost a child. And to say that I stand with pedophiles is insulting and it’s disgusting.” WEDNESDAY EVENING… HOUSE LEADERS SAID A BILL THAT DID NOT INCLUDE INSTITUTIONS IN A CIVIL WINDOW WOULDN’T PASS… BRINGING DISCUSSION IN THE SENATE TO A HALT. SENATOR SCARNATI, THOUGH, SAYS HE’S STILL OPEN TO CALLING THE SENATE BACK TO

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