Unique sex-abuse suit filed against Boy Scouts in US cap­i­tal

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

A team of lawyers filed a law­suit Mon­day in fed­eral court in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., seek­ing to es­tab­lish the na­tion’s cap­i­tal as a venue for men across the U.S. to sue the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica for al­legedly fail­ing to pro­tect them from long-ago sex­ual abuse at the hands of scout­mas­ters and other lead­ers.

The eight plain­tiffs in the po­ten­tially ground­break­ing law­suit, iden­ti­fied as John Does 1 through 8, live in states where statute of lim­i­ta­tions laws would pre­vent them from su­ing based on claims of sex abuse that oc­curred decades ago.

The plain­tiffs’ lawyers con­tend that fed­eral court in Wash­ing­ton is an ap­pro­pri­ate venue for such a law­suit be­cause the Boy Scouts were in­cor­po­rated there in 1910 and ob­tained a con­gres­sional char­ter in 1916.

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