Names of 11 priests ac­cused of abuse won’t be made pub­lic

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the names of 11 priests ac­cused of sex­ual abuse in a grand jury in­ves­ti­ga­tion will not be re­leased.

In Mon­day’s 6-1 de­ci­sion, the high court said that mak­ing the names pub­lic would ob­struct the right to pro­tect their rep­u­ta­tion, which is guar­an­teed un­der the state con­sti­tu­tion.

A group of for­mer and cur­rent priests had ar­gued that they were de­nied due process be­cause they didn’t have enough time to de­fend them­selves against a grand jury re­port that came out ear­lier this year.

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