Charitable immunity under law
Title: A long wait for a trial just got shorter for a former altar boy who survived clergy abuse
Author: Larry Parnass
Publisher: The Berkshire Eagle
SPRINGFIELD — A 69-year-old plaintiff shouldn’t be kept waiting.
After hearing that plea from an attorney, a Springfield judge ruled last week that the former Chicopee altar boy raped by a once-celebrated bishop deserves to have his civil lawsuit heard with as little delay as possible.
Until the decision came Wednesday from Judge Karen L. Goodwin, the plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, expected to have to wait for a year or more as defendants pursued an appeal of an earlier ruling.
Goodwin scribbled the word “Allowed” on a court document submitted by the plaintiff’s attorney, Nancy Frankel Pelletier, and set a status conference for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Hampden Superior Court, at which lawyers will discuss the trial’s timing.
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