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Catholic diocese settles wrongful-death lawsuit during jury selection in … – Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit for $ 2.25 million with the parents of a boy who allegedly took his own life 30 years ago because of repeated sexual abuse by a Kansas City priest.

File photo Brian Teeman, 14, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in November 1983 at the family’s home in Independence.
File photo by SHANE KEYSER | The Kansas City Star Donald Teeman (from left), Jackie Teeman, Rosemary Teemanand Jon David Couzens held photos of Brian Teeman in September 2011 outside the headquarters of Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as they announced a new civil lawsuit accusing Msgr. Thomas J. O’Brien of causing Brian Teeman’s death in 1983. A civil trial in the wrongful-death lawsuit begins Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence.

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The settlement — the largest ever for the diocese in a single priest sexual abuse lawsuit — came on Monday afternoon as jury selection was underway for the trial in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence.
“This is one of the most significant cases we’ve ever worked on,” said Rebecca Randles, the attorney for Donald and Rosemary Teeman, who filed the lawsuit against the diocese and Monsignor Thomas J. O’Brien in 2011 after a man who served as an altar boy with their son, Brian, told them of the alleged abuse. Brian Teeman, 14, died of a gunshot wound in November 1983 at the family’s home in Independence.
“This allows everyone to put this behind them,” Randles said. “It allows closure at this point in time. And it sends a message that no matter how long ago something like this happens, there [...]

By |July 9th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Catholic diocese settles wrongful-death lawsuit during jury selection in … – Kansas City Star|

Family disappointed wrongful death lawsuit against city dismissed – WSOC Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Lawyers and the family of Delvonte Tisdale are disappointed in a judge’s decision that could finally put an end to a case that tried to raise major questions about airport security.”I just felt like it was premature. We filed this lawsuit to get answers, but we’ve never had them and these answers are important to national security,” said Chris Chestnut, the attorney for Tisdale’s family.Eyewitness News first reported in 2010 that Tisdale’s body was found near a Boston airport.Detectives believe the 16-year-old hid in the wheel well of a US Airways plane that flew out of Charlotte-Douglas, and his body fell out when the pilot let down the landing gear.”They’re blaming Tisdale for his own death and no one knows how he got on the plane,” Chestnut said.Tisdale’s family raised questions about how a teenager was able to sneak past security and get into that wheel well.His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Charlotte, which runs the airport, and against US Airways.A judge threw out the suits Wednesday.The attorney for Tisdale’s family said that still leaves unanswered questions about airport security.”The citizens of Charlotte, the air travelers that are coming through Charlotte and the citizens of America deserve answers. Our safety depends on it,” Chestnut said.

By |March 7th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Family disappointed wrongful death lawsuit against city dismissed – WSOC Charlotte|