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Judge denies request to dismiss abuse suit

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has denied the Green Bay Catholic diocese’s latest request to dismiss the lawsuit brought by two brothers who were molested when they were children.

Diocese lawyers asked Outagamie County Judge Nancy Krueger to throw out the case, arguing Todd and Troy Merryfield waited too long to file the suit and that testimony and evidence was damaged as a result.

WLUK-TV reports Krueger denied the diocese’s request for dismissal late Wednesday.

The Merryfields were molested by former priest John Feeney in 1978. In May, a jury decided the diocese committed fraud by not telling the Merryfields about Feeney’s past history of sexual abuse. The men were awarded $700,000, but a judge overturned the verdict last month and ordered a new trial. No new trial date has been set.

Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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