DA: Can't charge LA cardinal in clergy scandal

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File photo: Cardinal Roger Mahony (L) offers the Eucharist while Archbishop Jose H. Gomez looks on during a welcoming Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels May 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles say they don't have enough evidence to charge the leadership of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of the clergy abuse scandal.

A district attorney's memo provided Wednesday says the investigation into abusive priests remains active but a case against archdiocese officials is "more and more remote" because of the amount of time that has passed.

The memo was released as District Attorney Steve Cooley defends his handling of the eight-year probe into possible wrongdoing by Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top church officials. Cooley is running for California attorney general.

Mahony agreed to pay clergy abuse victims $660 million in 2007.

A federal investigation into the archdiocese in ongoing.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

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