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More time granted for church sex-abuse negotiations


UNDATED (WSAU)   A judge has agreed to let a federal mediator keep working to reach a settlement between the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese and about 570 victims of sex abuse by priests. Judge Susan Kelley yesterday approved a second extension of the deadline to complete the mediation. It allows the talks to continue at least through October 12th.

Attorneys on both sides are not saying how much progress has been made. An attorney for the sex abuse victims has said he would not agree to a settlement, unless the church releases documents which expose the true extent of the abuse by priests in the 10-county Milwaukee Archdiocese. The church filed for bankruptcy almost two years ago, saying it was the only way for the archdiocese to stay in business in the midst of a dozen lawsuits from sex abuse victims.

Retired bankruptcy judge Randall Newsome has been meeting with both sides to try to hammer out a deal.