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Tag Archives: Sexual Abuse

Criminal Practice – Indecent Liberties – Evidence – Witnesses’ Testimony – Victims’ Credibility – Attorneys – Ineffective Assistance Claim

State v. Dew While describing her emotional state at the time her daughters told her that defendant had sexually abused them, witness Angela M. testified that she believed her daughters. Assuming, without deciding, that the admission of this testimony was error, defendant has not shown prejudice.

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Priest’s victim still trying to collect $100M judgment

After more than two years of trying to get what a South Carolina trial court judge says he’s owed for his suffering, Allan C. Ranta still hasn’t collected one dime of a whopping $100 million civil judgment against the priest who raped him as a boy. And chances are he won’t ever see that money, unless he and his attorneys can convince the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse itself and do something that it has never done before: rule that a liability insurance policy covers acts of sexual abuse. Ranta’s argument has fallen flat so far at the 4th Circuit, which on July 24 upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Catholic Mutual insurance company was not on the hook for the actions of defrocked and disgraced priest Wayland Y. Brown (pictured).

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