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Francis George

Judge rules against Chicago archdiocese in sex abuse case

A judge ruled that a man who alleges he was abused by a Chicago priest 16 years ago can seek punitive damages, breathing new life into the case and others that could cost the Archdiocese of Chicago more money beyond the $130 million it has paid to sexual abuse victims.

In a ruling on Tuesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Clare McWilliams wrote that a man who alleges he was sexually abused as a boy in 2000 by former priest Daniel McCormack can seek punitive damages, which are compensation to punish an offender beyond any losses to the victim. The case is scheduled for trial in July. The judge determined it was reasonably likely that attorneys could prove to a jury that the...