Breaking News: A federal judge has ruled that a Mexican man who claims he was the victim of clergy sexual abuse can bring his lawsuit into federal court in the United States. The landmark case represents the first of its kind to be initiated under a little-used law that allows foreigners to bring claims of abuse and cruelty into U.S. courts.
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Los Angeles – February 28, 2011: U.S. District Judge Josephine S. Tucker ruled today that an individual who claims to have been abused by a priest and the victim of an organized conspiracy by the church to cover it up can bring his claim to court in the United States.
In her decision, Tucker cited the little used Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789, which allows foreigners to bring human rights abuse claims to the U.S. when the judicial systems in their homelands have failed to function effectively. Lawyers for the alleged victim declared the decision “groundbreaking,” and that the ruling could provide a new precedent in bringing pedophile priests in other countries to justice in America.
“This gives hope to those abused in other countries by priests transferred internationally that they can finally do something about it,” said Anthony DeMarco, the Beverly Hills attorney representing the plaintiff, who was 12 years old at the time he alleges he was raped by Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera in the Diocese of Tehuacan.
Aguilar was transferred to Los Angeles in 1987 and has been accused of at least 26 sexual assaults during the nine months he spent in the archdiocese.
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