A man claims he was abused by a priest decades ago, but he's filing the lawsuit outside the statute of limitations. His attorney argues that he had repressed the memories of the abuse, so he wouldn't have been able to bring the case at the time. The state's supreme court is trying to determine whether repressed memories are scientifically valid. If so, the case could open up the church to more sex abuse claims.
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A man from Savage says he was abused by a priest during the 1980's. He filed his lawsuit after the statute of limitations was up, but argued the court should hear the case because he had only recently recovered the repressed memories. The court rejected the argument, writing that the theory of repressed memory is unproven.
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The Diocese of Winona said Thursday it is pleased that the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a lower court's rejection of a claim by a Savage man that he was abused by member of the clergy in the 1980s. James Keenan lawsuit's against the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona rested on his repressed memory claims of abuse by a priest who is now defrocked.
Alleged clergy abuse victim speaks out after after Supreme Court rejects case
Alleged clergy abuse victim James Keenan is speaking out after the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected his lawsuit against Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis over a statute of limitations. Keenan claimed he was molested by a pastor in Apple Valley in the 1980s, but repressed his memory of it until six years ago when he filed the suit.
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