Newark Archdiocese and All Dioceses Subpoenaed

In the aftermath of Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s formation of a task force to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy, the Archdiocese of Newark and all five of the dioceses in New Jersey have received subpoenas.

According to a source, the Archdiocese recently received its subpoena “and all the dioceses have been warned… not to get rid of anything. Also [they] have two weeks to respond.”

“All the dioceses were served a few weeks ago,” a second source confirmed this morning.

Specifically equipped By Grewal with subpoena power to compel testimony and the protection of documents, the task force issued the subpoenas.

Jim Goodness, spokesman for the Archdiocese, has consistently said the church is fully cooperating with the task force.

For more, please go here and here.

“No person is above the law and no institution is immune from accountability,” Grewal said in September. “We will devote whatever resources are necessary to uncover the truth and bring justice to victims. I commend Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his investigation in Pennsylvania, and we will work to ensure that our investigation in New Jersey is done professionally and thoroughly.”

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