Progress made in clergy sex abuse mediation

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Mediation in the clergy sexual abuse cases has made some progress in the first week of settlement negotiations. This update was provided in the District Court of Guam early this morning during a joint status hearing.

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Attorney Deliah Lujan-Wolf reported to the courts that three days of mediation was spent with the Capuchins, one day was spent with the Sisters of Mercy, and one day with the Boy Scouts. Lujan-Wolf has settled one of the two cases with the Sisters of Mercy the other case is currently undergoing negotiations. 12 cases involving the Capuchins were settled prior to mediation this week while additional cases are pending a response.

A total of 60 cases represented by the Lujan firm are involved in the mediation process but there are still 20 cases which are not part of this round of mediation. Lujan-Wolf says these clients have given their sworn testimonies but are not ready for mediation and that the Capuchins will be given notice that there are cases they are liable for and these cases have not been discussed during the mediation.

Meanwhile, the Capuchins’ attorney, Vince Camacho, informed the court that all 60 cases involving Berman’s clients have been settled and offers to Lujan-Wolf’s clients will expire next week. He adds that they are working to get evaluations for the mediation of 20 more cases. Boy Scouts of America Attorney Patrick Civille stated that negotiations with the Lujan firm have just begun while 13 cases filed with Berman’s firm have been settled.

A second round of mediation is expected to occur in November.

Meanwhile, it was indicated that former Archbishop Anthony Apuron may take part in mediation later this year following his disposition.

A stay in the litigation cases was granted by District Court Chief Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood until the next status hearing set for Dec. 6.

It was further noted that the Archdiocese of Agana’s bankruptcy mediation involving 275 cases is set to begin at the end of October.

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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.