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Archdiocese Seeks to Block Depositions

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has asked a judge to prevent attorneys for an alleged sexual abuse victim from taking depositions from top church officials.

A plaintiff identified as John Doe 1 filed suit last May against the archdiocese, the Diocese of Winona and former priest Thomas Adamson, alleging sexual abuse by Adamson between 1976 and 1977 when he was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas church in St. Paul Park.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys Jeff Anderson and Michael Finnegan want to take depositions from Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Rev. Kevin McDonough.

But reports say the archdiocese argues in papers filed this week that Nienstedt and McDonough should not have to give depostions, saying neither has relevant information. A hearing is set for Feb. 11.

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