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Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

By Matt Fair (August 17, 2018, 6:23 PM EDT) -- Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense.

Even as he said his representation of two Pennsylvania dioceses had uncovered material he freely admits has given him nightmares, Kleinbard LLC partner Matthew Haverstick told Law360 that his overarching belief in everyone's right to zealous legal advocacy drove his work.

"Our Constitution isn't here to protect popular people, it's here to...

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