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San Diego Diocese Stalls Trial With Bankruptcy Filing

Law360 (February 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Shunning the pleas of a California judge and lawyers representing sex abuse victims, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by midnight on Tuesday, hours before the first case involving claims of abuse at the hands of priests was set to go to trial.

In a letter posted on the diocese's Web site late Tuesday, Bishop Robert Brom said the diocese had decided to file a Chapter 11 reorganization petition following two days of unsuccessful settlement negotiations...
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