May 21, 2003

The Cincinnati Enquirer

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati was accused Tuesday of withholding documents that were supposed to have been turned over as part of an investigation into sexual abuse allegations.

Hamilton County prosecutors told an appeals court that church officials have made “misleading and inaccurate” statements about records they were ordered to share last year.

Prosecutors had requested the records during their investigation into sexual abuse allegations involving clergy. Church lawyers have argued that the records were protected by attorney-client privilege and should remain private.

The two sides compromised last year in Common Pleas court and agreed to allow a court-appointed “special master” to inspect all of the files to determine which should be given to prosecutors and which should not.

But in court briefs filed during the past week, prosecutors claim the church did not allow the special master, Glenn Whitaker, to see documents kept by the archdiocese’s lawyers.

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