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Suit against Mexico City cardinal dismissed

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Plaintiff Joaquin Aguilar Mendez filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Rivera, who was then a bishop in Puebla state, transferred a priest to Los Angeles in 1988 for nine months even though he knew abuse allegations had been lodged against him. The priest, Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, is no relation to the cardinal or the plaintiff. The judge’s ruling also dismisses claims against the Mexican Diocese of Tehuacan, where the cardinal was bishop at the time he transferred the priest. Rivera’s spokesman, Hugo Valdemar, told The Associated Press in Mexico City that the cardinal was pleased with the judge’s decision. “We are happy and satisfied that the judge confirmed what we have always said: This isn’t a case to be judged in the United States,” Valdemar said, noting the plaintiff had every right to present a complaint in Mexico. A lawsuit accusing Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera of conspiring with Roman Catholic officials in the United States to shelter a pedophile priest was dismissed Tuesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle found Rivera could not be held accountable in a U.S. court because the plaintiff didn’t have enough evidence against him, said Mike Finnegan, the plaintiff’s attorney. “It was a legal technicality,” he said. “It didn’t reach any of the merits of the case and it didn’t get to the key issues in the case, which is Cardinal Rivera’s complicity in sending (the priest) to the United States as a child molester.” Steve Selsberg, an attorney representing the Mexican cardinal in Los Angeles, said the judge found no evidence of conspiracy after reviewing a year’s worth of discovery collected by attorneys from both sides. While it is The Associated Press’ policy not to identify people who allege sexual abuse, Mendez chose to come forward with his story. He said Tuesday that he was disappointed in the ruling, but planned to have his U.S. attorneys appeal the case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more