Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Twin Cities archdiocese has been criminally charged with gross misdemeanors for failing to protect the children sexually abused by a former St. Paul priest. The prosecution claims that the archdiocese was aware of the abuse. Prof. Timothy Lytton was quoted in the June 24 MPR broadcast “Charges may let archdiocese insurers avoid abuse payout” on the potential implications on insurance if intentional wrongdoing is proven.
Timothy D. Lytton will be a new faculty member at Georgia State University College of Law this fall. Lytton has a longstanding interest in the public policy implications of tort litigation. He has explored this subject through case studies of contemporary issues such as clergy sexual abuse and gun violence. His book Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse (Harvard University Press 2008) explores how private lawsuits shape public policy.