Court Clears Way for Archbishop’s Deposition 06 Mar 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has cleared the way for attorneys representing an alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse to interview Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Chief Judge Edward Cleary denied requests by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to block depositions of Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.

Minnesota Public Radio reports the plaintiff’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, has scheduled Nienstedt’s deposition for April 2nd and McDonough’s deposition for April 16th.

In a statement, the archdiocese says it appreciates that the court considered its appeal and issued a timely opinion.

The lawsuit against the archdiocese, the Winona diocese and former priest Thomas Adamson alleges sexual abuse by Adamson between 1976 and 1977 when he was assigned to a church in St. Paul Park.