Victims' Group Refuses To Turn Over Names In Abuse Suit 

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims\' advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition held Monday (Jan. 2) in a Kansas City, Mo., clergy abuse case.

David Clohessy, who directs the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) from St. Louis, said in a statement that attorneys for an accused Kansas City priest had requested \"hundreds or thousands of pages of SNAP records involving victims and others across the country going back some 23 years.\"

Several courts, including the Missouri Supreme Court, had rejected Clohessy\'s request to quash the deposition subpoena. Clohessy\'s lawyers argued that forcing Clohessy to testify could result in disclosing confidential information from victims of clergy sexual abuse, members of the organization and journalists.

But after the state supreme court declined to intervene, Clohessy was forced to testify, even as he refused to turn over certain documents.

In a statement, SNAP called the subpoena \"an unprecedented, bullying maneuver designed to protect child molesters and silence victims\" and \"a new low in church hardball tactics.\"


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