Thursday, October 11, 2007

Victims of sexual abuse in schools lose one

Here's a recent boast from the Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz website:

"...In a precedent setting decision, the California Supreme Court upheld the stricter time limitations for alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file suit against public entities. The reversal of the local Court of Appeal, obtained by attorneys Dan Shinoff, Jack Sleeth, Bill Pate, Jeff Morris and Paul Carelli, all partners with the firm Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, protects public entities from the so-called “revival” statutes.

"As the name suggests, the Legislature (under Gray Davis) passed the revival statutes to revive really old claims, which normally would have expired under statutes of limitation.

"Revival statutes have been the vehicle for the highly publicized clergy abuse claims against the Catholic Diocese. This decision virtually eliminates the ability to bring similar cases against government entities."

That's your tax dollars at work, folks! Keep a close eye on your kids!

Catholic churches have a financial motive to watch priests more closely, but your local elementary school doesn't.

Shirk v. Vista Unified School District August 20, 2007

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