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UPDATE: Judge to later rule on priests' electronic data

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By AMY FORLITI

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to turn over electronic files about accused priests so they can verify who had information about these priests, and when they had it.

In a hearing Wednesday, Ramsey County Judge John Van de North asked both sides to submit more information before he decides whether the archdiocese has to turn over emails, texts and other computer data.

The documents are being sought in a lawsuit that alleges church officials created a public nuisance by keeping the names of accused priests secret.

The archdiocese says it has already provided electronic information, but the plaintiffs say it's not in a format that allows them to see when the documents were created or modified.


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