Good Law | Bad Law #92 - Shame on the Catholic Church’s: Does the historic Grand Jury report on widespread sexual abuse go far enough? W/ Marci Hamilton

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the country’s leading experts on child abuse statutes of limitations, to discuss the Catholic Church, specifically in regards to the recently released Grand Jury report on child abuse and sexual assault in the Catholic Church institution in Pennsylvania.  


Marci and Aaron sit down to discuss the impact and importance of the Grand Jury’s report as well as the historical significance it holds. The first of its kind the report is the most extensive look at the scope of the issue. Detailed in 886 pages, the report outlines the scale of the problem with over 300 priests named and listing over 1,000 victims. Throughout the episode Marci details her previous experience with child sex abuse cases and the injustices that she has seen as a result of short statutes of limitations, expressing her own opinions on the report and the steps that should be taken next.


For 26 years Marci has worked on issues involving religious groups that break the law. In 1997, Marci argued before the United States Supreme Court in the matter Boerne v. Flores, a case addressing whether or not the federal government could pass a law that could set a standard for religious liberty that had never been seen in the U.S. before. An accomplished author, Marci has written several books on the issue as well as a book advocating for the elimination of child sex abuse statutes of limitations. Marci has been an influential critic of extreme religious liberty, advocating for the vulnerable.


Join in as Aaron and Marci discuss the recent Grand Jury report on child sex abuse in Pennsylvania, the problems with short statues of limitations in regards to child sex abuse cases and the impact that Tuesday’s Grand Jury report could have on this global epidemic.  


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Marci A. Hamilton