- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis wants to hire former federal prosecutor Joseph Dixon III to defend it against accusations that it failed to protect children from abuse.

An application filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the archdiocese says it needs to hire Dixon as special counsel because the criminal charges could affect the availability of insurance to cover mounting claims filed by accusers.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1fgBG9c ) reports court documents show Dixon plans to charge a reduced rate of $400 an hour given that the archdiocese is in bankruptcy. Dixon says that’s a substantial discount.

The former assistant U.S. attorney is now with the law firm Fredrikson & Byron. As a prosecutor, Dixon sent Ponzi scheme convict Tom Petters to prison.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last January.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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