- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014
Justice Department IDs ousted investigators

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Justice Department has released the names of two investigators who lost their jobs after they let child pornography cases languish for months.

Agency officials identified the investigators on Wednesday as Milwaukee Special Agent-In-Charge Willie Brantley and former Milwaukee Special Agent Anna King.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said they were responsible for delays in cases that allowed one suspected child pornography distributor time to allegedly molest an 11-year-old boy and weakened a case against another.

The agents left the agency on March 19. DOJ officials aren’t saying whether they were fired or resigned.

A message left at a possible residential listing for Brantley wasn’t immediately returned. Four possible numbers for King in the Milwaukee area were all disconnected.

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Wisconsin church bankruptcy plan to be put to vote

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Archdiocese of Milwaukee must explain in documents being sent to its creditors why its bankruptcy reorganization plan classifies sexual abuse victims into categories, with plans to pay one group and not others, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered Thursday.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it would not have the money to pay if lawsuits filed by clergy sexual abuse victims went against it. The reorganization plan filed in February would provide about $4 million to pay nearly 130 victims, but it would exclude hundreds of others from compensation.

The archdiocese has maintained that it is liable only for abuse committed by its priests, and people who were abused by religious order priests or lay people working in schools or parishes should seek compensation from those organizations. Victims believe the archdiocese has responsibility for all priests and lay people working within its boundaries.

Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley told the archdiocese’s lawyers to explain in documents going to creditors why the plan divided victims into groups to be paid or not paid instead of turning the money over to them and letting them decide how to divide it up, which is how other church bankruptcies have been handled.

Dozens of sexual abuse victims attended the hearing where Kelley and attorneys haggled over the wording of the documents to be sent to creditors voting on the plan. Kelley will then consider the votes in deciding whether to approve the plan.

Along with hundreds of sexual abuse victims, the archdiocese’s creditors include the bank that holds the mortgage on its headquarters and pension and medical funds.

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