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Judge to decide on confidentiality of accused clergy: Lawsuit calls for Crookston diocese to release list of priests

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CROOKSTON — The lists exist, but whether they will be made public is now up to a judge.

Steven Aggergaard, an attorney representing the Diocese of Crookston, argued there is no concrete harm in keeping a list of priests accused of sexual abuse private.

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The statement came in Polk County Judge Tamara Yon’s courtroom. She must now decide whether the diocese is legally required to release their list as part of a lawsuit filed in June by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson.

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