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EXTRA: Salesians Religious Order not part of Catholic Church and other ways to conceal evidence in LA jury trial Nov 5th

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EXTRA: Salesians Religious Order not part of Catholic Church and other ways to conceal evidence in jury trial coming November 5th

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By Kay Ebeling

“They say there is no non-privileged information. In other words the Salesians have information they believe is privileged. I’m asking for at the minimum a privilege log.” -- Plaintiff Attorney Tony DeMarco

In an interview below DeMarco talks about his attempts to squeze evidence out of the Salesians in pretrial discovery. But it doesn't matter anyway as according to their Motion in Limine #5 the Salesians really don’t have anything to do with the Catholic Church at all.

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Walking into court Thursday at 8:20 the hearing was already in session and Tony DeMarco was saying: “We've received nothing substantive there has been no agreement.” Outside we talked on tape:

DEMARCO: We've got witnesses who testified that they made complaints about Miani, that he sexually molesting kids back in the fifties when they were students at a school run by the Salesians. We've asked for any records they have relating to those students, a fairly reasonable question.

Especially since those students have absolutely no objection to us getting to those records.

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The Salesians have objected.

We have these students who say they made complaints to the director of the school about Father John Del Maso. We asked for any records they've got relating to Del Maso like his personnel file. He’s deceased. They've objected, citing burden and relevance. They say there’s no way it’s going to be relevant and it’s too much of a burden to gather.


DEMARCO CONTINUED:

“I think those records are important to get.”


There’s a man in Italy who complained when he was 13 that Miani molested him in the 1930, he was 13 in the 1930s. We want anything they have relating to the kid’s identity.

ME: IS HE STILL ALIVE?

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DEMARCO: How do I know, because all I have is some documents describing the kid as making a complaint and his age and nothing else, but we know from other sources that he was a seminary student in Italy at the time. They seem to have information about him that they don’t want to give to us.

ME: HOW DO YOU KNOW THEY HAVE EVIDENCE AND DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU, HOW CAN YOU TELL THAT?

DEMARCO: Because of the way they respond to us now.

They say there is no non-privileged information that they have.

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