This week in the John Doe 37 and 38 cases, Brown County District Court Judge Robert A. Docherty issued an order allowing the survivor’s nuisance claim to proceed. It is important to understand what that is. I would have to believe that most people hearing that there is a nuisance claim would think that it isn’t important or maybe even frivolous.
The reality is that this is one of the most important parts of the Survivor cases from the perspective of the community. It is the part of the claim that allows the request for the lists that have been just starting to be disclosed. The nuisance is basically the damage or effect on the community; that the pedophiles due to nondisclosure have been, and in some cases continue to be, a threat to all children.
It also helps the survivor by taking away the mental anguish, fear, and anxiety caused by the knowledge that there are names to be disclosed and future children they can protect.
This order is so important because it requires the Church to give up the lists that they have held for many years.
The names continue to be either disclosed or fought over. There are more lists that exist in Minnesota, and there are many more names to find.
Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.