MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking a judge in St. Paul to order church officials to turn over electronic data on accused priests — such as emails, texts and data on hard drives.
If the judge agrees, victims' attorney Jeff Anderson says the disclosures will provide an even deeper look at what church leaders knew about accused priests, and when they knew it. A hearing on the request is set for June 25.
Anderson says he and his colleagues have received roughly 70,000 pages in documents from church officials as part of their public nuisance claim.
The request for electronic data seeks documents in their "native form," which will show when they were produced or updated.
The archdiocese didn't immediately answer questions sent via email.