LA archdiocese seeks to delay or move abuse trials


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Esther Miller holds a picture and the released documents on Reverand Michael Nocita as victims and their supporters hold quilts bearing portraits of abused children while gathered outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, on February 1, 2013, one day after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual misconduct. The archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez stripped his predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all church duties on January 31. In all, 124 files were released on the Los Angeles archdiocese's website, listed by priests' names, including 82 containing information on allegations of childhood sexual abuse.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is seeking to delay upcoming sex abuse trials or move them out of Los Angeles because it doesn't believe it can get a fair jury.

Church lawyer J. Michael Hennigan tells the Los Angeles Times the environment in LA "is currently hostile."

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Earlier this week, the archdiocese asked a judge to move the case of a Mexican priest accused of abusing more than two dozen boys to a courthouse in San Luis Obispo County some 200 miles away or a trial delay of at least six months.

Some experts say it's unusual to ask for a venue change in civil cases.

In 2007, the archdiocese settled more than 500 clergy abuse lawsuits for a record-breaking $660 million.

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