Court says lawyers can reveal clients’ grand jury testimony

August 21, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new court ruling says lawyers for Pennsylvania grand jury witnesses are allowed to talk publicly about their clients’ testimony, putting limits on a wider secrecy requirement that had been imposed.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with lawyers for the Greensburg and Harrisburg dioceses of the Roman Catholic church.

The lawyers opposed a blanket secrecy oath required of them when dealing with the grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by clergy.

The court says that if their clients agree, lawyers for grand jury witnesses are permitted to speak with third parties about their testimony.

The justices say lawyers can’t reveal other matters before a grand jury without getting permission from the supervising judge.

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