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Boston Priest Papers to Be Released

May 14, 2002 | AP

A judge on Tuesday ordered that all but three pages of medical records of the Rev. Paul Shanley be made public, saying public interest was a greater concern than privacy in the sex abuse case.

It wasn't clear why Middlesex Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard prevented three pages from being released. An attorney for the retired priest, Frank Mondano, declined to describe what those pages contained.

The other documents will be filed with the court clerk, but it was not immediately known when they would be available.

"The interest of the public having access to this matter outweighs the privacy concerns and makes appropriate public access," Brassard said Tuesday.

The psychiatric and medical records had been sought by the family of Gregory Ford, 24, who claims in a lawsuit that Shanley repeatedly raped him when he was a boy. Ford has sued Cardinal Bernard Law, accusing the cardinal of negligence in failing to protect him from Shanley.

Shanley's attorney had argued the records should be withheld because they are protected by patient-doctor privilege.

On Monday, a judge ordered the archdiocese to turn over the records. Tuesday's hearing concerned whether they would be made public.

Shanley has pleaded innocent to three criminal charges of child rape. Prosecutors said he took the boy out of religious education classes at St. John Parish in Newton and raped him in the rectory, the bathroom and the confessional, when the boy was 6 to 13.

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