Friday, July 1, 2016

Mount Cashel civil trial in final day of testimony

Will Hiscock, a lawyer for four John Does in the Mount Cashel civil trial, is
shown during a court break earlier this month. In background is Chris Blom,
who represents the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of St. John's.
‘I am going on,’ survivor says

One of four John Does left Courtroom No. 2 at Newfoundland Supreme Court Wednesday intent on tending to family and getting his life back in order after focusing on the Mount Cashel civil trial.

The retired teacher is braced for the eventual outcome — whether the court sides with the Does or with the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of St. John’s in the lawsuit.

 The four test case John Does claim the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of St. John’s should be held liable for the sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by certain members of the lay order Christian Brothers at the orphanage during the era late 1940s to early 1960s.

The church says it did not operate the orphanage, therefore is not responsible.

“I am going on. I can handle just about anything. I have proven it along the way ... If you can carry a load, you’ll carry it,” said the man, who did not plan on being back today for the final day, the 31st of non-consecutive days of testimony presided over by Justice Alphonsus Faour. Doe was speaking to The Telegram outside court.

“No good being miserable. You may feel it, but don’t show it,” Doe said.

The trial’s last witness, Dr. Peter Badgio of Philadelphia, Pa., continued to be cross-examined Wednesday by the Does’ lawyer Will Hiscock.  (more...)

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