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Evidence lacking to charge archdiocese
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors haven’t discovered enough evidence during eight years of investigation to charge the leaders of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for their handling of the clergy abuse scandal, according to a memo provided Wednesday.
The investigation of alleged sex abuse by priests remained active, but a criminal conspiracy case against archdiocese officials was “more and more remote” because of the passage of time, said the memo written last week by Deputy District Attorney William Hodgman.
Investigators have insufficient evidence to fill in a timeline stretching over 20 years and are hampered by the statute of limitations, Mr. Hodgman wrote.
The district attorney’s office did subpoena documents from the archdiocese and hoped to use the material to build more cases, but the effort was stymied by reluctant victims and insufficient evidence to corroborate what was in the documents, Mr. Hodgman wrote.
Disgraced pastor to start new church
COLORADO SPRINGS — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard, who fell from grace amid a sex scandal, is starting a new church in Colorado Springs.
Mr. Haggard made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference.
Incorporation papers for a new church were filed three weeks ago, he said. Mr. Haggard previously indicated that he and his wife incorporated the church for accounting purposes, but predicted they would return to some type of ministry one day.
Bombing suspect faces foreclosure
SHELTON — The suspect in last month’s failed Times Square bombing is slated to lose his Connecticut home to foreclosure under a court order.
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