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Judges question use of archdiocese trust fund (UPDATE)

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks in Milwaukee following a document release that shed light on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's handling of clergy abuse cases during a period that included his leadership. On Monday, June 2, 2014 federal judges in Milwaukee peppered attorneys with questions about how much the bankrupt Archdiocese spends to maintain its cemeteries and whether there is a strong interest in making maintenance funds available to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse. Lawyers representing clergy sexual abuse victims want about $55 million in a cemetery trust fund, set up by Dolan, to be made available to compensate their clients. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Federal appeals court judges on Monday questioned the bankrupt Archdiocese of Milwaukee's claim that it needs all the money in a $55 million trust fund to maintain its cemeteries and asked whether some could be used to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse without violating the Catholic faith.

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Court takes up bankruptcy issue that has split circuits since Anna Nicole Smith ruling

Taking up a complicated jurisdictional issue that has split the circuits since the justices ruled in the case involving the late pinup Anna Nicole Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether bankruptcy court judges can rule on matters normally reserved for Article III judges if the parties in the matter consent.

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