- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Hartford is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a $1 million verdict for a man who claimed abuse by a priest in the early 1980s.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1qqIDI1 ) that the archdiocese says the law extending the statute of limitations for such lawsuits is unconstitutional.

Thomas McNamara, the lawyer for the former altar boy who filed the complaint, said issues raised by the archdiocese do not have merit.

The man who claimed abuse at age 13 by the Rev. Ivan Ferguson in Derby between 1981 and 1983 won the verdict in Superior Court in 2012.

Ferguson died in 2002.

The legislature extended the statute of limitation on sex assault cases to 30 years from when a complainant reaches 18. The law was made retroactive.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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