Grand Jury Report Into Sexual Abuse In 6 Pa. Dioceses Released

The long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg, has finally been released.

The 884-page document, two years in the making, shines a light into the dark corners of these dioceses going back seven decades, exposing the predators and the efforts of their bishops to protect them.

“Today, the most comprehensive report on child sexual abuse within the church ever produced in our country was released,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “Pennsylvanians can finally learn the extent of sexual abuse in these dioceses. For the first time, we can all begin to understand the systematic cover up by church leaders that followed. The abuse scarred every diocese. The cover up was sophisticated. The church protected the institution at all costs.”

Several clergy abuse victims who had testified before the grand jury attended Shapiro’s news conference. At least one of them could be seen breaking down in tears.

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The report begins with the following statement:

“We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have head some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/08/14/pennsylvania-diocese-sex-abuse-grand-jury-report-released/

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Monsanto owners call weed killer ‘safe’ after jury orders big payout

Monsanto’s German owners insisted Saturday that the weed killer Roundup was “safe”, rejecting a California jury’s decision to order the chemical giant to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that the product might cause cancer.

As observers predicted thousands more future claims against the company in the wake of Monsanto’s defeat, Bayer — which recently acquired the US giant — said the California ruling went against scientific evidence.

“On the basis of scientific conclusions, the views of worldwide regulatory authorities and the decades-long practical experience with glyphosate use Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer,” the company said in a statement.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-jury-finds-monsanto-guilty-roundup-trial-224845050.html

Brooklyn Federal Judge Orders Anonymous Jury for ‘El Chapo’ Trial

Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will have an anonymous jury at his U.S. trial, which is scheduled to start later this year.

In a written order, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan agreed with prosecutors that withholding the names of jurors was needed to address fears that they could be harassed or intimidated.

Jurors will also be escorted to and from the Brooklyn courthouse by deputy U.S. marshals and sequestered from the public while inside, Cogan wrote in the order, released by the prosecutors on Tuesday.

U.S. prosecutors offered “strong and credible reasons” as to why the jury needs protections, including Guzman’s alleged use of hitmen who carried out acts of violence over more than two decades, Cogan wrote.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Drug-Lord-Chapo-Trial-US-Judge-Orders-Secret-Jury-for-Safety-472999443.html