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New Mexico judge could release priests' sex abuse documents

Sep 2, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge is reviewing three binders filled with years-old documents on three former Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children to decide what records should and shouldn't be released to the public. Judge Alan Malott said Friday there is good cause to open sealed records, but that he will review them "with an eye toward what is appropriate for public disclosure." Malott is reviewing the records in response to a request by KOB-TV, which filed in July as an intervenor in seven clerical abuse cases for the purpose of obtaining court records. The attorney for the archdiocese, Robert Warburton of Albuquerque, said release of the records would endanger the archdiocese's right to a fair trial, and endangers the privacy rights of victims and their families.