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Frank LoCoco, an attorney for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, joined the hearing Thursday, telling Van de North that in Milwaukee, mistakes were made during the rushed release of 60,000 documents as part of the archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings. Some information that should have remained confidential was released, said LoCoco, who urged the judge to relax his deadlines.
Van de North noted that the priest files are served only to opposing counsel and that the only way for the files to go public would be if Anderson would share them. “How is this sensitive information going to get out?” asked Van de North. “I’m just not seeing the problem.”
Finnegan, meanwhile, said the Milwaukee case is not an equal comparison to St. Paul, because the release of those documents came under a protective order that was part of a bankruptcy clause. Plus, the Milwaukee diocese had just 60 days to produce its files, not roughly 180 days as in St. Paul.
“The archdiocese has three times as much time as Milwaukee,” he said. “Now to come here three or four days before they are due, and saying there’s not enough time …”
Van de North set a May 30 deadline for both sides to produce all documents and depositions in its discovery phase of the case.
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