PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s Supreme Court has declined to delay the release of sealed documents related to a Roman Catholic organization called the Legion of Christ.
The court on Thursday balked at the Legion’s request for additional time, meaning the records could be unsealed as early as Friday.
The records are from a lawsuit contesting the will of a woman who left the Legion $60 million. The Legion had argued the records should remain under seal so as to not taint a future jury.
The Associated Press, The New York Times and other media organizations sought to unseal the documents. A Superior Court judge agreed, but gave the Legion time to ask the Supreme Court to intervene.
The Vatican took over the Legion in 2010 after determining its late founder had molested seminarians.