- - Thursday, September 30, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Court says release friars’ abuse records

LOS ANGELES | A California appeals court ruled Thursday that psychiatric and other confidential records of Franciscan friars accused of sex abuse should be made public in a long-awaited decision that could speed the release of similar documents about dozens of other accused priests and religious persons.

Unless the state Supreme Court takes up the case, the ruling from the 2nd District Court of Appeal means thousands of pages of files on six friars accused of sexual abuse will be released in the coming months.

The files are expected to contain records of the friars’ sessions with therapists and psychotherapists, disciplinary and personnel files, and defrocking paperwork that could show how much the Franciscans knew about their employees’ behavior and when they knew it.

MASSACHUSETTS

Slayings suspect cleared in bomb case

BOSTON | A former professor accused of killing three colleagues this year and her brother in 1986 won’t be charged in an attempted mail-bombing in Massachusetts.

Amy Bishop and her husband were questioned in the 1993 mailings of two pipe bombs to Paul Rosenberg, but never charged. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz reviewed the investigation after Mrs. Bishop was charged with the shootings at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in February.

Mr. Rosenberg received the pipe bombs shortly after Mrs. Bishop left a job as a researcher at Children’s Hospital in Boston, partly because of a poor review by Mr. Rosenberg. The bombs did not detonate.

In June, Mrs. Bishop was indicted in the 1986 shooting death of her brother, Seth.

NEW YORK

Dozens charged in hacking scheme

NEW YORK | Computer hackers in Eastern Europe who used computer viruses to steal usernames and passwords teamed up with associates who opened bank accounts in the U.S. to snatch at least $3 million from American bank accounts, authorities said Thursday in announcing charges against more than 60 people.

Some of the defendants were charged in court papers unsealed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan with conspiracy to commit bank fraud for the invasion of dozens of victims’ accounts, according to federal and state prosecutors in New York.

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