Court extends stay in clergy abuse cases

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The District Court of Guam has found good cause to extend the stay in the civil lawsuits involving roughly 300 sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Agana.

In a decision issued Oct. 17, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted an extension of the settlement stay to all clergy sexual abuse cases before the court, indicating that this would be beneficial toward reaching settlements.

“Having considered the stipulations, motions, and the status of each case before it, the court finds good cause to extend the stay to allow the parties additional time to resolve further settlements and address outstanding service issues,” opined the court.

The stay is granted for 90 days and will automatically be lifted on January 15, 2021.

“It is hereby ordered that the parties continue in good faith settlement negotiations and that plaintiff(s) make good faith efforts in effectuating proper service on defendant(s) who have not been served,” stated the Chief Judge.

Chief Tydingco-Gatewood further stated she will not entertain any requests for an extension of the settlement stay beyond January 15.

In the event a settlement is not reached by January 15, 2021, the cases will move forward with civil litigation.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.

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