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Supreme court explains decision to block report release

June 25, 2018 GMT

Angela Couloumbis and Liz Navratil, HARRISBURG BUREAU

HARRISBURG — Five days after blocking the release of a long-awaited grand jury report into clergy sex abuse in six Catholic dioceses statewide, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday said it had agreed to stay the document’s release because of challenges filed by “many individuals” who are named in the report.

“Most, if not all, of the petitioners alleged that they are named or identified in Report No. 1 in a way that unconstitutionally infringes on their right to reputation and denies them due process based upon the lack of a pre-deprivation hearing and/or an opportunity to be heard by the grand jury,” the court wrote in a five-page unsigned opinion. “Many individuals have lodged challenges to Report No. 1 with the supervising judge, generally asserting a denial of constitutional rights.”

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